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Florence Nightingale: Why she kicks ass
She was a statistician, feminist, writer and the founder of modern nursing.
She served as a nurse in the Crimean War, tending to wounded soldiers and often making nights rounds (thus she was known as “The Lady With The Lamp”).
In 1860, she established the first secular nursing school in the world.
International Nurses Day is celebrated annually on her birthday (12 May).
She advocated for improved healthcare for all sections of British society; improving healthcare and advocating for better hunger relief in India; helping to abolish laws regulating prostitution that were overly harsh to women; and expanding the acceptable forms of female participation in the workforce. 
She was a pioneer in the visual representation of mathematics and statistics, and she was the founder behind the Polar Area Diagram. 
In 1859 Nightingale was elected the first female member of the Royal Statistical Society and she later became an honorary member of the American Statistical Association.
She made a comprehensive statistical study of hygiene in Indian rural life and was the leading figure in the introduction of improved medical care and public health service in India; “After 10 years of sanitary reform, in 1873, Nightingale reported that mortality among the soldiers in India had declined from 69 to 18 per 1,000”.
From her mid thirties, she suffered from chronic poor health, but continued working almost until her death at the age of ninety.

Florence Nightingale: Why she kicks ass

  • She was a statistician, feminist, writer and the founder of modern nursing.
  • She served as a nurse in the Crimean War, tending to wounded soldiers and often making nights rounds (thus she was known as “The Lady With The Lamp”).
  • In 1860, she established the first secular nursing school in the world.
  • International Nurses Day is celebrated annually on her birthday (12 May).
  • She advocated for improved healthcare for all sections of British society; improving healthcare and advocating for better hunger relief in India; helping to abolish laws regulating prostitution that were overly harsh to women; and expanding the acceptable forms of female participation in the workforce. 
  • She was a pioneer in the visual representation of mathematics and statistics, and she was the founder behind the Polar Area Diagram
  • In 1859 Nightingale was elected the first female member of the Royal Statistical Society and she later became an honorary member of the American Statistical Association.
  • She made a comprehensive statistical study of hygiene in Indian rural life and was the leading figure in the introduction of improved medical care and public health service in India; “After 10 years of sanitary reform, in 1873, Nightingale reported that mortality among the soldiers in India had declined from 69 to 18 per 1,000”.
  • From her mid thirties, she suffered from chronic poor health, but continued working almost until her death at the age of ninety.
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