Elizabeth Garrett Anderson

9 June 1836 — 17 December 1917


Elizabeth Garrett Anderson was determined to become a doctor at a time when it was virtually impossible for a woman to move beyond nursing in the male medical world. While a student, she attended classes intended for men, until complaints had her barred. This didn’t set her back — finding a loophole that allowed her to sit the exams, she passed with honours and became the first Englishwoman to practise medicine in Britain. She went on to start the first hospital for women staffed by women, to help start the first school of medicine for women, and, later in life, to become the first female mayor in England.


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There's some more information about Elizabeth at the Science Museum.

Her daughter, Louisa Garrett Anderson, followed in her famous mother's footsteps, becoming a medical pioneer herself.