“When I felt rather overcome with [my father’s] opposition, I said as firmly as I could, that I must have this or something else, that I could not live without some real work.”
Elizabeth Garrett Anderson was a pioneering physician and political campaigner. She was also the first woman in Britain to qualify as a Doctor in 1873. Did I mention she was a Londoner too?
Here are our top 3 reasons why she is our June #HWOM:
1. She paved the way for women today. In 1866 she was opened a dispensary just for women and in 1876, because of her work an act was passed to allow women to enter medical professions.
2. She's one determined woman. Elizabeth taught herself French, so she could go to the University of Paris to get a medical degree, as she was denied access in Britain.
3. In 1872 she founded the New Hospital for Women in London which was staffed entirely with women. This hospital was not only the first of it’s kind but gave job and learning opportunities to women who may have not otherwise been able to access jobs in the medical field.
Fun Fact: Anderson later became a member of the suffragette movement and her daughter Louisa became a prominent suffragette who also went on to become a doctor. She definitely have passed on that fighting spirit!
Women like her have paved the way so women like the founder of HANX, Sarah, can pursue her medical career and continually make products that put women first.