Women in History – 14 March

Anna Caroline Maxwell (March 14, 1851 – January 2, 1929), was a nurse who came to be known by the nickname “the American Florence Nightingale“.

Her pioneering activities were crucial to the growth of professional nursing in the United States.

In the Spanish–American War she organized nurses for the military. Through her actions, the Army Nurse Corps was established and nurses were later given the rank of officer. She helped design the uniform for US army nurses. During World War I, France awarded her the “Medal of Honor for Public Health”.