Infinite List of Incredible Women: Florence Nightingale (1820-1910)
└ As a young woman, Florence Nightingale was described as charming, graceful and radiant. Her family was wealthy and well-connected, and with the social expectations of the time it seemed like she would make the perfect upper-class wife and mother. But it was never Florence’s intention to follow the path that her social standing had chosen for her - she was determined that her life would be best fulfilled in the service of others. Against the wishes of her mother, sister, and the restrictive social code of the time, at the age of 24 she began to pursue her nursing career.
Florence became a pioneer of modern nursing. After her seminal work in the Crimean War, the Nightingale Fund was established to support the training of nurses. With the money from this fund (roughly 3.6 million pounds in todays dollars), Florence set up the Nightingale Training School, where she endeavored to revolutionize nursing into a legitimate profession for women. It was the first of it’s kind.
Florence’s legacy is wide-spread. She raised the standards of professional nursing, whilst also increasing public awareness of the importance of hygiene and basic medical knowledge. In her own words, she is “a man of action”, and “a man of business”.