The year 1849 was an important one for Elizabeth Blackwell. After two years of intense studying, she finally received her diploma from Geneva Medical College. This was a milestone not only in her life, but in the field of medicine as a whole. After all, Elizabeth was the first woman in the world ever to attend and graduate from medical school. She was the world’s first woman doctor. Elizabeth didn’t always dream of becoming a doctor. It was only after a close friend died of a painful illness that she realized the need for women to become part of this very important field of study. Because of her pioneering efforts, women everywhere have more career opportunities today.