Elizabeth Blackwell Google doodle recognizes first woman in the US to earn a medical degree

Today’s Google doodle marks the 197th birthday of the British-born physician Elizabeth Blackwell, the first woman in the US to earn a medical degree.
After moving to the states from Bristol, England, Blackwell worked as a teacher. Her propensity to take a stand against social norms — and fight for what was right — was evident during her time teaching.
“Early on, she asserted her moral convictions: when a teaching position in Kentucky exposed her to the brutality of slavery for the first time, she set up a Sunday school for slaves and became a staunch abolitionist,” writes Google on the Google Doodle Blog.
According to Google, Blackwell wanted to become a physician after the death of a friend, believing a female physician would have lessened her friend’s suffering. She received numerous rejections from medical schools but was eventually accepted into New York’s Geneva Medical College.
An abolitionist and champion of women’s rights, Blackwell would go on to create a women-governed

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