In a field where women were historically way more Florence Nightingale than Jonas Salk, it has been a tenuous journey for women to join the ranks of their male contemporaries in medicine. Elizabeth Blackwell was the first woman accepted into medical school in 1847, but only because they didn't think she could complete the work. She graduated at the top of her class and couldn't get a job, so she opened her own clinic. Her perseverance and achievements throughout the years helped pave the way for women in medicine.
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