Women of the War


Elizabeth Blackwell

Born: February 3 1821 - Bristol, England

Died: May 31 1910 - Hastings, East Sussex

   Elizabeth Blackwell undertook the study of medicine privately with sympathetic physicians, and in 1847 she began seeking admission to a medical school. At the outbreak of the American Civil War in 1861, she helped organize the Woman's Central Association of Relief and the U.S. Sanitary Commission and worked mainly through the former to select and train nurses for war service. In November 1868 a plan long in the perfecting, developed in large part in consultation with Florence Nightingale in England, bore fruit in the opening of the Woman's Medical College at the infirmary.

Note: Blackwell maintained her interest in the women's rights movement, writing lectures on the importance of education.

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