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Heritage Costumes has created a professional line of historical clothing and costumes. We specialize in authentic looking fashion and style. These high quality costumes are built to last, and can be used for many different characters and periods throughout history.
Today, many may not be familiar with the name Elizabeth Blackwell. But for every woman in the medical field, every female doctor, and every girl hoping to grow up to heal others, Elizabeth Blackwell made their paths possible. It was Elizabeth Blackwell who broke down the barriers in the medical world for women, who fought for future women to have the right to an education equal to that of revered male doctors.
Originally from England, Blackwell always wanted to be involved in medicine. Unfortunately, women were banned from all medical schools; all U.S. medical programs were for young men only. Despite this, as a young woman she applied to schools in the United States to see if any program would accept her. She was accepted into the medical program at Hobart College in Geneva, New York in 1847 — but Blackwell's acceptance was a complete accident. The college’s dean and faculty didn’t know what to do with an application from a woman, so they turned to their male students. The faculty expected the students to deny Blackwell, but they instead voted unanimously to accept her.
So, Elizabeth Blackwell moved to New York and began her studies as the first woman to ever attend medical school in America’s history. She dove into the coursework, taking on clinical jobs with local doctors to gain even more experience than her male peers. Yet Blackwell faced countless obstacles. Most male doctors and medical professionals didn’t want a woman working alongside them. Doctors would refuse to help her, leaving her alone to diagnose and treat patients. And patients themselves would walk out, refusing her care. Nothing stopped Blackwell, though, and in January 1849 she became the first woman to earn a medical degree.
After such a landmark accomplishment, many other would rest comfortably — but not Elizabeth Blackwell. She returned to Europe to study medicine further in hospitals throughout Paris. However, she faced even greater prejudice there than in the U.S., leaving Blackwell to work as a obstetrician because it was the only role deemed “suitable” for a female doctor. So, Elizabeth returned to America, feeling she’d encountered far less prejudice in the States. Back in the U.S. she helped other women earn their medical degrees, including her sister Emily, fostering a new generation of women in the field. When the Civil War broke out, Blackwell and her fellow female doctors became imperative as they helped train new nurses, give medical attention to soldiers in many states, and assist the Union — and Blackwell even trained famed nurse Dorothea Dix who became a Civil War heroine in her own right. Without Elizabeth Blackwell’s persistence, women would never have been considered important contributors to medicine.
An exclusive piece in our Heritage Costumes Famous People collection of quality costume clothing, this adult Elizabeth Blackwell costume is authentic to the 1800s and the attire worn by the first degree-granted female doctor in the U.S. herself. You’ll look just like the famous doctor who worked to win women the right to a medical education when you don this historically accurate costume set. To capture Blackwell’s attire accurately, this costume includes a brown period dress with a full skirt, zippered back, and detachable white lace collar. You’ll look the part of a woman inspiring other women to pursue their own medical education with this costume set straight out of the 19th century.
This high-quality Elizabeth Blackwell costume can be used for a period ball, a historical reenactment, masquerade, or simply experiencing a day in the life of a leading medical expert in the 19th century. Made with pride and care right in the United States, this adult Elizabeth Blackwell Victorian dress costume is built to last.
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