On this day, January 23rd, Elizabeth Blackwell becomes the United States’ first female doctor. She is awarded her MD by the Geneva Medical College of Geneva, New York. Blackwell was born in Bristol, England but sailed for America with her family when she was eleven years old. After settling in to the new country, her father, Samuel Blackwell set up a Sugar Refinery in New York City. Blackwell made the decision to enter into medicine after a close friend died of an unknown painful disease. It was her friend’s opinion that a female doctor may have been able to make her more comfortable. Blackwell was the first registered doctor in the United States as well as the United Kingdom, she also became an advocate for the education of female doctors.