Mary Eliza Mahoney (1845 – 1926)

Inspiration for Activism!

  • After working for 15 years at the New England Hospital for Women and Children as a janitor, cook and washer woman, was admitted to the hospital’s training program for professional nurses, becoming the first African-American licensed nurse in 1879.
  • Worked as a private nurse until 1911.
  • Joined the Nurses Associated Alumnae of the United States and Canada (NAAUSC), which later became known as the American Nurses Association (ANA) in 1896.
  • Because of ongoing discrimination against African-American nurses, she co-founded the National Association of Colored Graduate Nurses (NACGN) in 1908 to advocate for the rights of African-American nurses.
  • After the 19th Amendment was ratified in August 1920, Mahoney was among the first women who registered to vote in Boston.

Visit the Mary Mahoney Professional Nurses Organization

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