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Elizabeth Garrett was now a dedicated feminist and in 1865 she joined with her friends Emily Davies, Dorothea Beale and Francis Mary Buss to form a woman's discussion group called the Kensington Society

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Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Elizabeth Garrett Anderson was born in Whitechapel on 9 June 1836 to Newson Garrett and Louise Dunnell. When Anderson was five years old, her father became a successful merchant, and as a result was able to send his daughters to a good boarding school. Her father was a strong advocate of education. After two years at a school in Blackheath, Elizabeth was expected to stay in the family home until she found a man to marry. However, Elizabeth was more interested in obtaining employment. While visiting a friend in London in 1854, Elizabeth met Emily Davies, a young women with strong opinions about women's rights. Davies introduced Elizabeth to other young feminists living in London. In 1859 Garrett met Elizabeth Blackwell, the first woman in the United States to qualify as a doctor. Elizabeth decided she also wanted a career in medicine. ...read more.


Fawcett later married her younger sister Millicent Garrett. In 1865, Anderson also passed the Society of Apothecaries exam. As the regulations never stated a woman couldn't take the test, she went ahead and sat it. Her certificate granted, the Society changed their rules and forbade further women from the qualification. A year later, Anderson established a dispensary for women in London (where she also taught medical courses for women), and in 1870 was made a visiting physician at East London Hospital. She remained determined, however, to get herself a medical degree, so she taught herself French and went to the University of Paris, where she successfully earned her degree. However, the British Medical Register refused to recognize her MD degree. The 1870 Education Act allowed women to vote and serve on School Boards. Garrett stood in London and won more votes than any other candidate. ...read more.


Her determination paved the way for other women, and in 1876 an Act was passed in Parliament, which permitted women to enter all of the medical professions. Elizabeth continued her interest in politics, and on the 9th of November 1908, she was elected mayor of Aldeburgh - the first woman mayor in England. The movement for the admission of women to the medical profession, of which Dr Anderson was the untiring pioneer in England, extended in her lifetime to every civilised country except Spain and Turkey. At 72, she became a member of the militant Women's Social and Political Union. In 1908, she was lucky to not have been arrested, after members of the WSPU stormed the House of Commons. However, she left the union in 1911 as she objected their arson campaign. Her daughter, Louisa, remained in the WSPU and was sent to prison in 1912 for her militant activities. Elizabeth Garrett Anderson died on the 17th of December 1917. ?? ?? ?? ?? Lerisna Kassie Page 1 of 2 ...read more.

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