Inspiration for Activism!
- Proponent of human rights, abolitionist, spokesperson for children and families, and a nurse.
- Became a writer to provide income for her impoverished family.
- At the age of thirty began service as a nurse at the Union Hospital at Georgetown in December, 1862.
- Author of a book, published in 1863, about Civil War era nursing called Hospital Sketches (available here; full text available here)
- Authored “Little Women” in 1868 – a book that is really about the empowerment of women and girls around the world.
- Challenged gender roles and stereotypes; wrote fiery novels under pen name A.M. Barnard; is known to have stated: “I am more than half-persuaded that I am a man’s soul put by some freak of nature into a woman’s body … because I have fallen in love with so many pretty girls and never once the least bit with any man.”
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Concord Massachusetts represent!
Hospital Sketches is an underappreciated but very important work, right up there with anything Florence Nightingale said.