Elizabeth Blackwell. By: Jenny About the life of Elizabeth Blackwell. Childhood.
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Elizabeth Blackwell was one of nine kids with her added. They had 3 boys and 6 girls. Her parents were Samuel and Hannah Blackwell. Elizabeth was born in Bristol, England on February 3, 1821. She was denied by public schooling. Her father Samuel Blackwell, Got a tutor while her mother introduced them to art and music. Her father had owned a sugar business and that gave most of Elizabeth’s family good. It burnt down though in September of 1836. Her father and family was in need of money. So as in today, her and their family came to North America in search of luck .
When Elizabeth Blackwell was 12 years old they moved to North America. They became a very strong supporter to abolition which was the movement of slaver in America. In 1837 Her father, Samuel Blackwell, made a new sugar business in New York City. It was doing very well until the economy falter in 1837. His family yet again lost most of their wealth. The United States still shined for them though and the next spot they went to for hope and luck was Cincinnati, Ohio. The luck did not last long. In 1836, Samuel Blackwell died a few months after moving there. The family had to find a way to earn more money.
After Elizabeth Blackwell’s father died in Ohio, it was really hard for the family to take care of themselves. The three oldest sisters; Anne , Marian, and Elizabeth Blackwell helped their family by opening a boarding school. It was a school for young women. When she got older she wanted to be a teacher. In 1842 she was accepted as a teacher in Henderson , Kentucky. Later on she wanted to work with medicine. She thought that she would never change her mind but she did and it changed her life.
As you know in 1842 Elizabeth was accepted into a school as a teacher in Kentucky. She resigned at the end of the year because lots of local attitudes were against her thought of wanting the slaves to be free. Then she decided to go back to Cincinnati when she found out that when her friend was having surgery on her repertory organ. She told Elizabeth that she could have spared embarrassment if it was a girl doctor. That’s when Elizabeth started to want to work with medicine. When she got older she started to try to get into colleges. She tried and tried but they all declined her. Then finally , Geneva Medical College accepted her. That is where her moment starts to shine.
When she was accepted into Geneva Medical College which was in New York. She was very proud of herself. It wasn’t very easy for her but it did take a lot of belief. Everyone didn’t think she could do it. Everyone discouraged her. One of her quotes were ,
It is not easy to be a pioneer -- but oh, it is fascinating! I would not trade one moment, even the worst moment, for all the riches in the world.
– Elizabeth Blackwell. When she was there, all of the students’ there treated her with bad criticism. She took all of the criticism and turned it into a challenge, and with that she had some respect from many of her peers. Then she graduated in 1849.
After she was working in Paris and London , She established private practice in the United States. Then later on she wanted to open a clinic. She did in 1853 and it was called New York Dispensary for Poor Women and Children. Then she wanted to change the world even more by opening also a New York Infirmary for Indigent Women and Children in 1857. she couldn’t have done it with the help of her sisters. Another achievement came when she was now known as the first women to be listed on the British Medical Register. She really did change the world.
Later on in the late 1800s , Elizabeth Blackwell established another business, it wasn’t another clinic it was the Women’s Medical College of the New York Infirmary. About a quarter of their education there was about hygiene. Elizabeth thought that hygiene was very important in the world of medicine. Before she opened the college she helped establish a U.S. Sanitary Commission . Then later on one of her students, Sophia Jex-Blake, wanted to open a Medical college for women in London.
After she Established the college , she went black to England. She then again set up a private practice and she also served for the London School of Medicine for Women. She then retired in 1877 and moved to Hastings, England. She then sadly died on May 31, 1910. She died in the house to your right. We all still remember her. If it wasn’t for her my mom wouldn't be a doctor or would anyone else be.