Elizabeth Blackwell's monument

This bronze statue to the memory of Elizabeth Blackwell has been erected in the Campus of the former Geneva Medical College (now the Hobart and William Smith College) where she was admitted in 1847 - after having been refused by sixteen medical schools! - and graduated in 1849, becoming the first woman physician of the United States1.

The explanation of the bronze tablet in front of the monument reads as follows: "ELIZABETH BLACKWELL, M.D. / 1821-1910 / Admitted to the Medical School of Geneva (now Hobart) / College in 1847 and graduated, first in her class, two / years later, Elizabeth Blackwell became the first female / physician in the United States. Her life was devoted / to women's and children's health care, reproductive / education, and to opening the medical profession to women".


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