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Who was Elizabeth Garrett Anderson?

A pioneering physician, political campaigner and suffragette, Elizabeth Garrett Anderson was the first woman to gain a medical qualification in Britain. Amongst her many achievements she was also the co-founder of the first hospital to be staffed by women, the first dean of a British medical school, the first female doctor of medicine in France and the first female mayor in Britain.

As the first woman to secure a medical diploma in Britain, she paved the way for other women, setting a precedent for aspiring female physicians and championing women’s rights. Read on for 11 things you (probably) didn’t know about Elizabeth Garrett Anderson:

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