Elizabeth Blackwell was chosen to represent one of the four houses at Bristol Brunel Academy (BBA) following her outstanding achievements within medicine and her admirable qualities as a role model for BBA students.
Born near Bristol in 1821, Elizabeth Blackwell became the first woman to receive a medical degree in the USA in 1847. Alongside her sister, she treated wounded and injured soldiers in the American Civil War, despite strong opposition from male colleagues. She opened her own medical practices in New York (1852) and in London (1871) where she taught, trained and inspired other female doctors to follow in her footsteps. Elizabeth retired from medicine in 1877 to work as a social and moral reformer, co-founding the National Health Society. She spent many of her final years travelling across Europe promoting Christian morality with science and medicine, before passing away in 1910.Her ambition and success has inspired many generations of female doctors to pursue medical careers and achieve the once believed ‘impossible dream’.
"Be the first to do the impossible"
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