Here lived and worked for thirty years
Dr Elizabeth Blackwell
Born at Bristol 1821, died at Hastings 1910.
The first woman to graduate in medicine
in the United States, at Geneva
(Syracuse University) New York 1849.
The first woman to be placed on the
British medical register 1859.
"One who never turn her back but marched breast forward
never doubted clouds would break.
Never dreamed, though right were worsted, wrong would triumph
held we fall to rise, are baffled to fight better,
sleep to wake."
Elizabeth Blackwell (3 February 1821 – 31 May 1910) was the first woman to receive a medical degree in the United States, as well as the first woman on the UK Medical Register. She was the first openly identified woman to graduate from medical school, a pioneer in promoting the education of women in medicine in the United States, and a social and moral reformer in both the United States and in Britain. Her sister Emily was the third woman in the US to get a medical degree.