Gertrude B. Kelly

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Gertrude B. Kelly (1862-1934) was an Irish-American surgeon, individualist anarchist, and feminist activist. Kelly was born in Ireland in 1862, and immigrated to the United States in 1873. Kelly studied at the Women's Medical College of New York Infirmary for Women and Children. As a doctor, she frequently worked in the tenements of New York City and directed a clinic for the poor. She acted as the secretary of the Newark Liberal League, and contributed frequently to Anarchist publications including Liberty and The Alarm.

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From "Dr. Gertrude B. Kelly Playground," New York City Department of Parks and Recreation

From "Dr. Gertrude B. Kelly Playground," New York City Department of Parks and Recreation:

In 1936 Mayor LaGuardia named the playground for Dr. Gertrude B. Kelly (1862-1934), a pioneering surgeon and philanthropist. Dr. Kelly was born in Ireland and emigrated to the United States in 1873. She studied at the Women's Medical College of the New York Infirmary for Women and Children, which had been founded by Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell, the first female physician in the United States. Dr. Kelly’s direction of a clinic for the poor and her outspoken support for Irish Independence made her a prominent figure in the Chelsea community. She was active in the women’s suffrage movement and was a member of the Irish Women's Council.