A true pioneer for, she dedicated her whole life to campaigning tirelessly for reforms to the medical professiona and the admission of women in to the sphere of medical practice. After managing to gain admission to study medicine in the United States, in 1849 Bristol-born Blackwell became the first woman to earn the degree of Doctor of Medicine. She successfully set up medical practices there despite great hostility from the male establishment, became the first female doctor enrolled on the British Medical Register, and helped establish the British National Health Society and the London School of Medicine for Women.