Google Doodle Celebrates Elizabeth Blackwell

Google Doodle
Courtesy of Google

Google doodle in honor of Elizabeth Blackwell’s 197th Birthday on Feb. 3, 2018.

Google is celebrating the 197th birthday of medical pioneer Elizabeth Blackwell on Saturday (Feb. 3) with a colorful Google Doodle tribute.

Blackwell, who was born in England, was the first woman in the United States to earn a medical degree. She was also was an active champion of women’s rights, Google writes on its blog.

“It is not easy to be a pioneer -- but oh, it is fascinating!” Blackwell once said.

Blackwell was raised in Bristol and later moved to America where she became a teacher. While living in Kentucky, she was exposed to the brutality of slavery, which prompted her to organize a Sunday school for slaves.

Later in life, she was inspired to pursue a career in medicine following the death of a friend. She graduated from the Geneva Medical College and went on to establish two medical colleges for women.

Her Google Doodle, illustrated by Harriet Lee Merrion, shows Blackwell wearing a long green-colored dress holding a notebook and peering at medical supplies.

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