Florence Nightingale, born on May 12, 1820, was a celebrated English nurse and writer. She came to prominence for her pioneering work in nursing during the Crimean or Russian War, where she tended to wounded soldiers. She was dubbed "The Lady with the Lamp"after her habit of making rounds at night.
Most Decorated Woman in US Military – (1907 to 2002) – Col. Ruby Bradley of the Army Nurse Corps was the most highly decorated army nurse, receiving 34 medals and citations of bravery for her military service during the Japanese and Korean War, on World War II. Her awards included Legion of Merit Medals, Bronze Stars, Presidential Emblems, WWII Victory Medal, U.N. Service Medal, and Florence Nightingale Medal.
IRENA SENDLER (1910-2008) - a true hero who saved 2,500 children. Irena was a nurse / social worker who served in the Polish Underground during World War II. She smuggled 2,500 children out of the Warsaw Ghetto and then provided them with false identity documents and with housing outside the Ghetto. She said, “Every child saved with my help is the justification of my existence on this Earth, and not a title to glory.”
Resistance heroine who led 7,000 men against the Nazis
On 24 Sept. 1944, 1st Lt. Mary Louise Hawkins was evacuating 24 patients from the fighting at Palau to Guadalcanal when the C-47 made a forced landing. During the landing, a propeller tore through the fuselage and severed the trachea of one patient. She made a suction tube from various items including the inflation tube from a Mae West. With this, she kept the man’s throat clear of blood for 19 hours. All of her patients survived. For her actions, she received the Distinguished Flying Cross.
The real “Rosie the Riveter” Geraldine Hoff Doyle, was a 17 years (in 1942) while she was working at the American Broach & Machine Co. when a photographer snapped a pic of her on the job. That image used by J. Howard Miller for the “We Can Do It!” poster, released during World War II.
Gisella Perl,a successful Jewish gynaecologist in Romania in the 1930s and 40s.She was taken to Auschwitz in 1944,where she treated women with kindness and compassion.She was asked to report all pregnant women to Josef Mengele- better known as the Angel of Death.When she discovered what was done to them (medical experimentation and torture,ending with often being thrown alive into the crematoriums)she vowed that there would never again be a pregnant woman in Aschwitz.So she began the…
Stagecoach Mary, Mary Fields, was born a slave in 1832, and was the first African-American woman employed as a mail carrier in the U.S., driving her mail route by stagecoach from Cascade to St. Peter's Mission, Montana. In 1895, at 60 YO, she was hired since she was the fastest applicant to hitch a team of 6 horses. She never missed a day of work and during heavy snowfalls, had to deliver the mail on foot. After she retired, she became friends with actor, Gary Cooper and was famous in her…
Élise Rivet was Mother Superior at the convent of “Notre Dame de Compassion”, where she not only hid refugees from the gestapo, but also used the convent to stash some weapons & ammunition for the resistance. She was eventually caught & sentenced to hard labor. She volunteered to be killed in place of another woman who has children and is taken to the gas chamber.