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nursing-U.S.-1 - still image

nursing-U.S.-1 - still image

During the first half of the twentieth century, Jewish women who wished to train as nurses had to deal with a range of challenges, both as Jews and as women: As Jews, they faced quotas in nursing school admissions, hiring discrimination at hospitals, and the Christian environment of nursing schools; as women, they were forced to confront parental bias against women's higher education and nursing schedules which precluded marriage and raising a family. Despite the odds, numerous Jewish women entered a career in nursing. Many, like these nurses trudging through the snow for a home visit, worked for the Nurses' Settlement on Henry Street (later the Henry Street Settlement), established in 1895 by Lillian Wald to provide affordable nursing care on the communal level.

Institution: Henry Street Settlement, New York City

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