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{December 5, 2010}   Elizabeth Garrett Anderson (1836 – 1917) ~ Britain’s First Female Doctor

Elizabeth Garrett was born in Whitechapel, east London, one of the 12 children of a pawnbroker. During her childhood her father became a successful businessman, enabling him to send his children to good schools.

After school she was expected to marry well and live the life of a lady. However meetings with the feminist Emily Davies and Elizabeth Blackwell, the first American woman physician, convinced Elizabeth Garrett that she should become a doctor.

From: http://ping.fm/gfycn


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