Elizabeth thoughtfully stroked her friend's hand. Although no one would admit it, her friend was dying of uterine cancer. And they both knew that there wasn't any such thing as a female doctor. It was 1846, and only men were allowed to be doctors back then. She had to agree with her friend, though. A woman would be motherly, and more gentle.
A few months later, at her friend's funeral, she thought about it more. What if she, Elizabeth Blackwell, would become the first woman to graduate from medical school? Was that even possible? Her father, who had brought their family to the U.S. from England when she was just 11 years old, had died seven years ago, leaving her (now 17), her mother and her eight siblings with a pile of debts to pay. Even if she could afford it, the idea did not even appeal to her. But she decided to give it a try.
The door that had been shut against women as doctors was now open due to the hard work of one brave, determined woman.