"Nurse Lillian D. Wald was among the founders in 1909 of the NAACP, and with this new organization, helped support the Shirtwaist Strike by thwarting an effort of the managers to bring in black strikebreakers (scabs)........."
Lillian D. Wald was a practical idealist who worked to create a more just society. Her goal was to ensure that women and children, immigrants and the poor, and members of all ethnic and religious groups would realize Americas promise of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. As a young
nurse, Wald hoped to provide decent health care to residents of New Yorks Lower East Side tenements. Her work as the founder of the Henry Street Settlement and the Visiting Nurse Service demonstrated her masterful administrative talents, deep regard for humanity and skill at fundraising and publicizing.
Lillian Wald started out a Pacifist, however.....
Championing the causes of public health nursing, housing reform, suffrage, world peace, and the rights of women, children, immigrants and working people, Wald became an influential leader in city, state, and national politics. Her tireless efforts to link the health of children with the health of nations made her a model of achievement, caring, and integrity throughout her lifetime. Although Wald achieved international recognition, her efforts were always grounded in the belief that the world was simply an expanded version of the culturally diverse neighborhood......
Nurse Lillian Wald, the founder of the Visiting Nurses Services promoted the creation of unions for the working women of her time.....
1903 Women's Trade Union League
"Over five million women are at work in the United States according to the 1900 census. Despite such figures, as a nation we superstitiously hug the belief that our women are at home and our children at school. As a whole the community is reluctant to face the situation frankly and seriously, that women no longer spin and weave and card, no longer make the butter and the cheese, scarcely sew and put the preserves at home, but accomplish these same industries in the factories, in open competition with men, and except in the relatively few instances of trade organization, in competition with each other."
- Lillian Wald
Seems to me that more US nurses should be picking up & carrying on where Lillian and her colleagues left off.