Lunchtime Lecture: Creative Connections: The Pioneering Garretts
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15 August 2013, 13:15-14:00
Ondaatje Wing Theatre
Author Jenifer Glynn draws on the influence and lasting legacy of Elizabeth Garrett Anderson and her family.
Elizabeth Garrett Anderson was a Physician, born in London and brought up in Aldeburgh, Suffolk (the sister of Millicent Fawcett). Despite opposition to the admission of women to medical education, Garrett qualified as the first English woman doctor in 1865. In 1866 she established a dispensary for women in London which became the New Hospital of Women in 1871 where she instituted medical courses for women. Her advice to students included 'the first thing women must learn is to dress like ladies and behave like gentlemen'. In 1883 she was appointed Dean of the London School of Medicine for Women (later the Royal Free). In 1908 she was elected Mayor of Aldeburgh, becoming the first woman mayor in England.
Author Jenifer Glynn has a degree in history from Newnham College Cambridge. Prince of Publishers, a biography of the Victorian publisher George Smith was followed by Tidings from Zion, a book, based on letters left by her aunt Helen Bentwich, on Palestine under the Mandate. She co-wrote with her husband The Life and Death of Smallpox, and then she wrote The Pioneering Garretts. Her most recent book is about her sister Rosalind Franklin.
Elizabeth Garrett Anderson