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Lillian D Wald
Lillian Wald was
born in Cincinnati, Ohio, on 10th March, 1867
interested in nursing when her sister was ill and attended
by a private duty nurse. She enrolled in the New York
Hospital Training School for Nurses, received her basic
training, and went on to graduate studies. One of her
assignments was to design a community-based plan of care for
poor New York City immigrant families. From this assignment
sprung her life's work
the Henry Street Settlement in New York City in 1893.
The Settlement expanded its range of services to meet the
needs of the local community. This included nursing, the
establishment of clubs, a savings bank, a library and
vocational training for young people. By 1903 Wald was
organizing 18 district nursing service centres that overall
treated 4,500 patients in New York. Over the next few years
Wald promoted the idea of building public playgrounds and
cultural institutions in working class areas.
Wald was an active campaigner for civil rights and insisted
that all Henry Street classes were racially integrated. In
1909 helped to establish the National Association for the
Advancement of Coloured People. She also took part in the
protests against the film Birth of a Nation that celebrated
the Ku Klux Klan and its belief in white supremacy.
A committed pacifist, Wald and Fanny Garrison Villard led a
parade of 1200 women down Fifth Avenue in New York on 29th
August, 1914 to protest against the First World War. Wald
was also a member of the Woman's Peace Party (WPP) and after
the war helped establish the Women's International League
for Peace and Freedom (WILPF).
After the war Wald campaigned for socialist candidates and
was closely associated with left-wing radicals such as Emma
Goldman. As a result she became a target of the Red Scare
campaign that took place in 1919.
Wald wrote several books about her activities including
House on Henry Street (1915) and Windows on Henry Street
(1934). Lillian Wald died in Westport, Connecticut, on 1st
Henry Street Settlement – Places Where Women Made History, Lillian
Wald (1867-1940), nurse, social worker
Jewish Women Lillian Wald - Jewish Women. Lillian Wald (note the horse
pulled trolley behind her), Lillian Wald. by Jacob B. Krain.
JWA Exhibit 1998 - Jewish Women's Archive. Multimedia exhibit on
Lillian Wald, includes an online search engine of archival finding aids.
Lillian D Wald Gravesite - On Lillian Wald's headstone is a the Far
East-inspired insignia she had designed for the Henry Street Settlement to
signify "we are all one family".
Lillian Wald - (1867-1940). by Seymour "Sy" Brody. Lillian D. Wald was
the founder of the Henry Street Visiting Nurse Service and of the Henry
Manage Your Healthcare: About VNS: Our History: Lillian Wald - About
VNS > Our History > Lillian Wald. Lillian D. Wald was born on
March 10, 1867.
Profiles in Caring: Lillian D.Wald - Biography of the founder of the
Henry Street Settlement, the forerunner of the Visiting Nurse Society of
The Hall of Fame Inductees: Lillian D. Wald - 1976 Inductee. Lillian
D. Wald, 1867-1940. Champion of the urban poor, Lillian D. Wald was a
visionary leader and outstanding humanitarian.
Wald, Lillian D. - Lillian Wald was born on
March 10, 1867, in
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