Elizabeth Garrett Anderson

Elizabeth Garrett Anderson (1900 portrait).jpg

Elizabeth Garrett Anderson was the first female doctor in Britian. She was an English doctor, surgeon, mayor, and feminist. 

She was also the first Englishwoman to qualify as both a physician and surgeon, the first female dean of a medical school, the first female doctor of medicine in France, the first woman in England to be elected to a school board, and the first female mayor and magistrate in England. Additionally, she co-founded a hospital staffed by women, and was Mayor of Aldeburgh

Full Name Elizabeth Garrett Anderson
Who doctor
Birth Date June 9, 1836
Death Date December 17, 1917
Country England
Born London, England, UK
Died Aldeburgh, Suffolk, England, UK
Cause of Death old age

private studies

University of Paris

Father Newson Garrett
Mother Louise Dunnell Garrett
Spouse James George Skelton Anderson

Alice Garrett

Sam Garrett

Millicent Fawcett

Josephine Garrett

George Garrett


Louisa Garrett Anderson

Margaret Garrett Anderson

Alan Garrett Anderson


Anderson was the older sister of Millicent Fawcett, who came to live with her in 1858 at the age of 12. The sisters were close, and Anderson had a deep impact on Fawcett's beliefs and future career in women's rights.

Anderson met Emily Davies in Gateshead in 1854, and the two formed a close and lifelong friendship. 

Anderson was an admirer of Elizabeth Blackwell, and when she heard that the woman was going to be in London in 1859, she traveled there to hear her speak. She ended up working with the organization hosting her speech, and a private meeting was arranged between Anderson and Blackwell. 

Anderson was a friend of Sophia Jex-Blake. The two women co-founded a medical school for women together.

Anderson was an adversary of Henry Maudsley, and when he published an article in 1874 warning of the danger and impropriety of women being educated, Anderson shot back acidic retorts and counter arguments.

Anderson was a friend of Emmeline Pankhurst.

Anderson's portrait was painted by John Singer-Sargent in 1900. 

How Added - Through her sister Millicent Fawcett, who was added via her contemporary Camille Clifford.

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