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.