Academic journal article Nursing and Health Care Perspectives

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Academic journal article Nursing and Health Care Perspectives

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One hundred years ago, Lillian Wald addressed the Sixth Annual Convention of the American Society of Superintendents of Training Schools for Nurses, a predecessor organization of the National League for Nursing.

The founder of the Henry Street Settlement spoke on the "Work of Women in Municipal Affairs," enumerating in a straightforward manner accomplishments of women in New York and other cities. In many cases, she pointed out, nurses were involved, as were some men. Their work exemplifies caring, courage, inclusion, reflective thinking, and social responsibility.

Women are now serving on executive committees of the Recreation League, a nurse among them. That has been formed with the hope of stimulating the public to seeing the need of outdoor recreation for the people. Men and women were send to the Board of Education and succeeded in getting $15,000 for their work and this was largely given through the influence of a committee of women who showed how reasonable it was to give these children a place for out-of-door recreation. Men and women were asked to be inspectors of the playgrounds and among these was a nurse.

The people's institute started in New York with a very lofty plan of stimulating responsibility in citizenship and it has perhaps the largest local audiences in New York.... Men and women are on the executive committee and among them is a nurse.

The first factory law in Illinois was planned and outlined by a woman, who had been appointed Factory Inspector by Governor Altgeld. In inspecting she found there was so little legislative protection for children that she secured the passage of a protective statute law. …

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