Elizabeth Garrett Anderson.


Women in the 19th century were expected to say nothing, look decorous and leave decision making to their husbands! But a young girl in Aldeburgh would upset this tradition and begin a revolution which today is taken for granted. Elizabeth Garrett wanted to become a doctor. When she was refused admission to medical school she studied on her own and gradually acquired the qualifications. She completed her course in Paris, and returned to England as the only woman doctor. Then she established a dispensary and hospital for women in London. Next she founded a medical school for the next generation of women doctors and when she retired she was elected Mayor of Aldeburgh - another first! This is an extraordinary story of a wonderful woman.