'Elizabeth Garrett Anderson'
Garrett Anderson is regarded as England's first female doctor;
a pioneer in educating women in medicine; a strong supporter of
women's suffrage and opportunities in higher education, as well
as being the first woman in England elected as mayor. It is fitting
that the Conway Stewart company pays homage to this great respected
Elizabeth was born into a large family living
in Whitechapel, London in 1836. Her mother was Louise Dunnell
and her father Newson Garrett. During her childhood her father
became a successful businessman, enabling him to finance a strong
education for his children.
It was automatically thought that she would marry
into an affluent family after she finished school, but she was
a very strong independent woman, with ideas of her own. Elizabeth
strove to pursue a career for herself and this passion grew stronger
after she met with the English feminist Emily Davies (at the time
campaigning bitterly for women's rights to university access),
and a few years later Elizabeth Brackwell (the first first American
woman physician). These associates convinced Elizabeth to consider
becoming a female doctor, something unheard of in Britain during
the 19th century.
Elizabeth was denied entry to medical schools
in Britain because she was a female. Her perseverance stood her
in good stead, and she looked for other methods to achieve her
goal. She enrolled as a nursing student at Middlesex Hospital
and attended classes intended for male doctors, but she was barred
after complaints from other male students.
discovered that the Society of Apothecaries did not specifically
forbid women from taking their examinations, and in 1865 she passed
their exams and gained a certificate which enabled her to become
a doctor. This entitled her to have her name entered on the medical
register, the first British woman to do so. Soon after, the Society
changed the system to prevent other women from entering the profession
in this manner.
Elizabeth's goal was to establish a hospital for
women staffed by women and in 1866 she was appointed general medical
attendant to St Mary's Dispensary, a London institution to enable
poor women obtain medical help from female qualified practitioners.
In 1870, she was appointed a visiting physician to the East London
Hospital and the following year she married James Anderson, a
financial adviser to the East London Hospital. Elizabeth chose
not to take on Anderson's name, and referred herself as Elizabeth
However, still headstrong and determined
to obtain a medical degree, Elizabeth taught herself French so
she could study at the University of Paris. Even after passing
all of the required exams to graduate with a degree, the British
Medical Register refused at that time to recognise her Doctor
of Medicine degree.
In 1873 Elizabeth gained membership
of the British Medical Association and remained the only woman
member for 19 years, due to the Association's vote against the
admission of further women. Her determination paved the way for
other women, and in 1876 an Act of Parliament was passed permitting
women to enter the medical professions.
In 1883 Elizabeth was appointed dean
of the London School of Medicine for Women, which she had helped
to found in 1874, and oversaw its expansion.
In 1902, Elizabeth retired to Aldeburgh on the Suffolk coast but
chose to continue her interest in politics. In 1908 she became
the first female mayor in England.
Elizabeth Garrett Anderson pen is from Conway Stewarts Elegance
range. Each pen from this range has a distinct design and is produced
to the highest standards of English craftsmanship.
Sleek and subtly curvaceous, this series looks
fondly back to Conway Stewart's Golden Age of fountain pen production
for inspiration. It is an extremely versatile pen, ideal for every
occasion. Large enough to possess a commanding presence, yet not
so outsized as to be unwieldy in either the hand or the pocket.
Truly the "Best of both worlds".
Lovingly constructed of hallmarked solid sterling
silver, the Elizabeth Garrett Anderson pen has been designed in
the style of Fabergé, with a highly detailed guilloche
fox-head pattern engraved on the cap and body. It is skilfully
covered with vibrant bonded enamel in a delicate shade of lavender.
This exquisite pen shows all the characteristics necessary for
becoming a modern design classic.
Our use of a solid sterling silver section leaves
the Elizabeth Garrett Anderson perfectly balanced. With the weight
of the pen centred low in the hand, writing with this pen becomes
The Elizabeth Garrett Anderson edition is mounted
with our large rhodium plated, iridium tipped 18 carat solid gold
nib in a choice of eight different grades and utilises the popular
converter cartridge filling mechanism.
'Elizabeth Garrett Anderson'
Limited to 100 numbered pieces available in fountain
pen or roller ball
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