Women of Valor



Lillian Wald, 1867 - 1940

"This book attempts to show the harmonies built up in the community by the many little groups, through their sympathetic relations with other groups; and also to show how effective these group relations often are in dealing with social problems, which may vary in their importance at times, but not in their urgency, from generation to generation."

Between 1920 and 1923, Wald suffered several personal losses, including the deaths of her mother and her longtime friend and early Henry Street benefactor, Jacob Schiff. In April 1925, her own health began to fail. After suffering a debilitating stroke in 1933, Wald retired to her "house on the pond" in Westport, Connecticut. Many national and international figures, including Jane Adams, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Albert Einstein, continued to visit her there. With more time to record her thoughts, Wald wrote Windows on Henry Street, which detailed the changes to the Lower East Side and Henry Street over the decades Wald had resided there. In 1937, Henry Street celebrated Wald's seventieth birthday by broadcasting a radio program during which Mrs. Sara Delano Roosevelt read a letter from her son, President Franklin Roosevelt, praising Wald for her "unselfish labor to promote the happiness and well being of others."

  1. "This book attempts..." Lillian Wald, Windows on Henry Street. (New York: Little Brown and Company, 1934) 5.
  2. "unselfish labor to promote..." "Lillian D. Wald, 1867-1940: Hall of Fame for Great Americans." (New York University, Sept. 19, 1971) 18.

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Women of Valor - Lillian Wald - Retirement." (Viewed on April 23, 2014) <http://jwa.org/womenofvalor/wald/retirement>.