Working against harsh societal limtations, female physicians found ways to overcome these obstacles, opening their own schools and hospitals, such as the New York Infirmary for Indigent Women and Children. Founded in 1857 by Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell, the New York Infirmary was one of the first places where women physicians could learn, intern and work. However, the ultimate goal was to train and work with the best doctors, male and female, and to that end women fought for the right to study at their schools of choice, and work in the best hospitals in their respective fields.
When the first women matriculated at University and Bellevue Hospital Medical College, they embarked on a journey of equality and knowledge that continues in spirit to this day. From teachers, researchers, and physicians, to leadership roles at NYU, our award-winning alumna and faculty continue to make great strides at NYU Langone Medical Center and School of Medicine.