Dr. Eleanor Fleury was the first lady to be admitted to the Royal Medico-Psychological Association (which later became the Royal College of Psychiatrists*). Dr. Fleury was born in Ireland and was the first female medic to graduate from the Royal University of Ireland**. At medical school, she did exceptionally well and graduated with a first class honours degree.
Fleury worked in Psychiatry and was proposed for the Royal Medico-Psychological Association but could only be accepted after a subsequent change in the Association’s laws which paved the way for others to join. She later worked in a number of Asylums. Dr. Fleury demonstrated academic excellence and courage in forging a career which at that time did not include women at a senior level. Fleury paved the way for other women to develop a career in Psychiatry.
* This letter in the BMJ outlines the point at which the Royal Medico-Psychological Association transitioned into the Royal College of Psychiatrists
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