1849 Society

Our legacy begins in 1849, the year Elizabeth Blackwell graduated with a medical degree. She became the first woman to obtain a medical degree in the United States, and went on to be the first woman listed on the UK Medical Register. She promoted the education of women in medicine through lectures and by opening her own medical college. Her sister, Emily Blackwell, became the third women to receive a medical degree.

In her spirit, we recognize our most generous supporters as members of the 1849 Society. These individuals commit to annual gifts of $1,000 or more, and their gifts address critical needs of the institution and allow us to advance our mission with fervor. All members receive a special pin to honor their membership, as well as invitations to our Leaders Forum and the ability to share their legacy in our collection.

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