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PageLines- markel_female_doc.jpgHow Elizabeth Blackwell became the first female doctor in the U.S.
The pathway to medical careers for countless women in the United States became a little easier on Jan. 23, 1849, when Elizabeth Blackwell ascended a stage in New York and became the nation’s first female doctor. Photo by Pali Rao/Getty Images

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