The world knows Florence Nightingale as "the lady with the lamp"the revered founder of nursing as a respectable profession for women. But few people are aware that Nightingale's career began only after years of struggle to free herself from her suffocating Victorian family. In this surprisingly passionate feminist essay (a "brilliant polemic," states Martha Vicinus), Nightingale denounces the lives of idleness she and other women ofher class were forced to lead.
Feminist Press at The City University of New York
Gender studies: women
Florence Nightingale's - Angry Outcry Against the Forced Idleness of Victorian Women
Mind, Body & Spirit