Taking Charge: Nursing, Suffrage, and Feminism in America, 1873-1920

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First Published in 1994. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

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Ann Kuckelman Cobb
This award-winning book is a history of U.S. nursing covering the period from the opening of the first nurse-training schools to the accomplishment of women's suffrage. It places nursing efforts to professionalize within the context of 19th and early 20th century social reform movements through examination of the formation of four national organizations and their early and late links with women's suffrage. The purpose is to reveal the unacknowledged early contribution of nursing to the women's suffrage movement and the larger women's movement. She argues that a tension exists between nursing and modern feminism because nursing is seen as embodying woman's submissive role. Her analysis offers a reinterpretation, in which early nursing leaders are seen as strong proponents of women's personal and professional control over their lives, who recognized that this would be accomplished only through the political power of the vote. Women's studies and nursing scholars, health care professionals, historians, and students will find this book useful in rethinking the relationship between modern feminism and the profession of nursing. There are a limited number of photographs and illustrations, all in a separate section after the appendixes. The appendixes help to link nursing organizations to other women's groups by providing a sampling of women's groups formed up to 1920 and a matrix showing nursing organizations and their affiliations with women's councils. There are also timelines for the women's movement, the modern nursing movement, professional organizations, and opening of nurses' training schools. Footnotes are at the end of each chapter, and there is no separate bibliographicalreference section. A winner of the American Association for History of Nursing's Lavinia L. Dock Award for Historical Scholarship and Research in Nursing, this book is specific in focus and accomplishes its objective within these parameters.
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Reviewer: Ann Kuckelman Cobb, RN, PhD (University of Kansas School of Nursing)
Description: This award-winning book is a history of U.S. nursing covering the period from the opening of the first nurse-training schools to the accomplishment of women's suffrage. It places nursing efforts to professionalize within the context of 19th and early 20th century social reform movements through examination of the formation of four national organizations and their early and late links with women's suffrage.
Purpose: The purpose is to reveal the unacknowledged early contribution of nursing to the women's suffrage movement and the larger women's movement. She argues that a tension exists between nursing and modern feminism because nursing is seen as embodying woman's submissive role. Her analysis offers a reinterpretation, in which early nursing leaders are seen as strong proponents of women's personal and professional control over their lives, who recognized that this would be accomplished only through the political power of the vote.
Audience: Women's studies and nursing scholars, health care professionals, historians, and students will find this book useful in rethinking the relationship between modern feminism and the profession of nursing.
Features: There are a limited number of photographs and illustrations, all in a separate section after the appendixes. The appendixes help to link nursing organizations to other women's groups by providing a sampling of women's groups formed up to 1920 and a matrix showing nursing organizations and their affiliations with women's councils. There are also timelines for the women's movement, the modern nursing movement, professional organizations, and opening of nurses' training schools. Footnotes are at the end of each chapter, and there is no separate bibliographical reference section.
Assessment: A winner of the American Association for History of Nursing's Lavinia L. Dock Award for Historical Scholarship and Research in Nursing, this book is specific in focus and accomplishes its objective within these parameters.
Booknews
Begins a series that will sample the whole range of feminist issues, biographies, activities, organizations and theories in the US. The first offering explores the highly supportive role of nursing associations in the suffrage movement from the opening of the first Nightingale-influenced nursing school to the day women voted. Also shows the parallels between nurses struggling for professional recognition within the medical establishment, and women struggling for political recognition in the society as a whole. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

3 Stars from Doody
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Table of Contents

Series Editor's Foreword
Preface
Acknowledgments
List of Abbreviations
Glossary
Ch. I From Separate to Active Spheres 3
Women in the Nineteenth Century 5
The Modern Nursing Movement 17
The Woman Suffrage Movement 32
Ch. II Emancipation Through Organization 55
The Superintendents' Society and Its Impact on the Nursing Profession 70
The Nurses' Associated Alumnae of the United States and Canada and the Concerns of Women in the Nursing Profession 83
The Associated Alumnae and the Superintendents' Society Affiliate as the American Federation of Nurses 91
Associated Alumnae Establish the American Journal of Nursing 101
The National Association of Colored Graduate Nurses and the Concerns of Women of Color in the Nursing Profession 104
National Organization for Public Health Nursing 120
Professional Organizations Find Their Political Voice 131
Ch. III The Formative Years: Nursing and Suffrage, 1893-1910 167
Ch. IV The Expanding Years: Nursing Supports Suffrage, 1911-1920 217
First Years After the "Doldrums" 219
Nurses Support Woman Suffrage Resolution 227
Ch. V Taking Charge 265
Nursism 272
Appendix A Graduation Diploma from Boston City Hospital Training School 1897 283
Appendix B Sampling of Women's Groups Formed up to 1920 285
Appendix C Nursing Organizations and Affiliations with Women's Councils 287
Appendix D Invitation to Attend the First Meeting of the Superintendents' Society 289
Appendix E Officers for Next Annual Meeting Appointed or Elected January 11, 1894 291
Appendix F Timeline: Woman Movement 293
Appendix G Timeline: Modern Nursing Movement 295
Appendix H Timeline: Professional Nursing Organizations 297
Appendix I Timeline: Opening of Nurses Training Schools 299
Illustrations 301
Index 317
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