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Brave nurses who helped win women the vote can inspire today's leaders

Nurses who joined in the struggle for women’s suffrage are largely unacknowledged, but their non-conformism is an example to nurse leaders today, write Lisa Reynolds and Julie Attenborough

Nurses who joined in the struggle for women’s suffrage are largely unacknowledged, but their non-conformism is an example to nurses’ leaders today, write Lisa Reynolds and Julie Attenborough

Inspirational nurses in history’s shadows Catherine Pine: ‘Sensible’ woman cared for suffragettes

Born in in 1864, Catherine Pine trained at St Bartholomew’s Hospital in London, with good reports throughout her training – she was described as a ‘nice sensible woman’ (Crawford 2003). She worked as a ward sister at Barts. The hospital archives contain records and photographs of her training and in her subsequent role.

In 1908 Catherine and another Barts’ qualified nurse, Gertrude Townend, both members of the Women’s Social and Political Union, ran a nursing home where suffragettes were cared for as they recovered from hunger strikes and forced feeding endured in Holloway prison.

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