Today in History–January 23–the Library of Congress features career pioneer Elizabeth Blackwell, who graduated from medical school on this date in 1849. She was the first woman to earn a medical degree in the United States. Learn more about this trailblazing woman by visiting the Today in History section and clicking the links listed below.
Group portrait of members of the Blackwell family outside on a lawn between 1880 and 1893
Pioneer Work in Opening the Medical Profession to Women by Elizabeth Blackwell, 1895
The First Woman Physician, Elizabeth Blackwell Woman’s Journal June 12, 1909
Elizabeth Blackwell – That girl there is doctor of medicine (online exhibition with many primary sources from the U.S. National Library of Medicine)
Primary Source Spotlight: Women’s History primary source collections & teaching resources