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Celebrating the Philanthropy of



Champion of Women in Medicine

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Introduction


On 22 December 1892 Mary Elizabeth Garrett made a gift of $306,977 which enabled the medical school of the new Johns Hopkins University to open in October 1893. Since 1891 she had already given close to $150,000 toward the endowment of the medical school. Her gift contributed in a great way to the improvement of medical education and to the advancement of women, for the conditions of her gift were such that the new Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine would become the first coeducational, graduate level medical school in the United States, setting the standards that other American medical schools would aspire to follow.

This site celebrates both the philanthropy of Mary Elizabeth Garrett and the women of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine whom she endowed with new educational opportunities.
Biographical Sketch