Elizabeth Blackwell

Trailblazing Woman Doctor

From the Series Gateway Biographies

  • Interest Level: Grade 4 - Grade 8
  • Reading Level: Grade 5

Elizabeth Blackwell shattered the glass ceiling in medicine as the first woman doctor. After her father’s death, she used her unusually high level of education to earn a living. Blackwell began working as a teacher while saving up for medical school. The rejection letters piled up, but she persisted until she was admitted to Geneva University. Life still wasn’t easy once she had her diploma. She had to fight sexism and challenge stereotypes about women in the medical field.

Hoping to break down barriers for other aspiring women physicians, Blackwell opened the Women’s Medical College of the New York Infirmary and the London School of Medicine for Women. These schools were specifically for women and offered extensive training to help them in the medical field. Read about Blackwell’s life and her lasting legacy in medicine.

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Interest Level Grade 4 - Grade 8
Reading Level Grade 5
Genre Social Studies
Category 5 Kinds of Nonfiction, 5KN: Narrative Nonfiction, Biography, Diverse Books: Feminism, Diverse Books: Physical Disability & Illness, Diverse Books: Social Class, Diverse Books: Social Justice, Diversity, SEL: B Self-Management, SEL: C Social Awareness, SEL: E Responsible Decision-Making, Social Emotional Learning
Copyright 2022
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Lerner Publications ™
Language English
Number of Pages 48
Publication Date 2021-08-01
Text Type Narrative Nonfiction
BISACS JNF007120, JNF024020, JNF025270
Dewey 610.82
Dimensions 7 x 9
Lexile 860
Features Bibliography/further reading, Index, Source notes, Teaching Guides, and Timeline

Author: Matt Doeden

Matt Doeden began his career as a sports writer. Since then, he's spent more than a decade writing and editing children's nonfiction. Matt lives in Minnesota with his family.

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Gateway Biographies

Discover the human side of newsworthy, historical, and pop culture figures, and learn about people leading key social movements or handling crises. Each biography in this easy-reading series is peppered with quotations and stories, accounts of successes and failures, and descriptions of… View available downloads →