Happy Birthday, Dorothea Erxleben! 1715

The title of being “first” has always been a weird classification to me. I find noting intrinsically unique in being the first, except for the calling that prevails.

Yet, something can be said about the doors that are opened for others, once one goes through.

Born on November 13 of 1715, Dorothea Erxleben became the first woman ever to become a medical doctor in Germany, and the first female in the world to have obtained the license from a regulating medical body to practice medicine.

Herewith I celebrate her, not for being the first but in transcending her boundaries.

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