Best Known For
As a social worker, nurse and settlement leader, Lillian D. Wald committed her life to helping others.
Think you know about Biography?
Answer questions and see how you rank against other players.Play Now
Public health advocate, nurse, and social worker. Born on March 10, 1867, in Cincinnati, Ohio. As a social worker, nurse, public health advocate, and settlement leader, Lillian D. Wald committed her life to helping others. A firm believer in pacifism, she helped lead the first women??s peace march in 1914.
Soon after graduating from the New York Hospital Training School for Nurses in 1891, Lillian D. Wald experienced first-hand the poor living conditions of those residing in the city??s tenements. To help this struggling population, she started the Visiting Nurse Service in 1893. Two years later, she established the Henry Street Settlement to further aid those in need.
In addition to public health, Lillian D. Wald worked on behalf of women??s rights and the welfare of children. To help women in the workforce, she helped establish the Women??s Trade Union League in 1903. Two years later, Wald came up with the idea of establishing a federal organization to help children and to end the practice of child labor. She spent years lobbying for this idea to become a reality??the Children??s Bureau was established in 1912.
With the outbreak of World War I in Europe in 1914, Lillian D. Wald was moved to action. With social reformer Jane Addams and others, she formed the American Union Against Militarism that year. Wald and Fanny Garrison Villard led a march of more than 1,000 women in New York City to protest the war on August 29, 1914. She also joined the Woman??s Peace Party around that time. Wald later helped create the Women??s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF).
Lillian D. Wald died on September 1, 1940, in Westport, Connecticut. Her accomplishment in the fields of health and public service show what how large a difference one person can make. Some of the programs she started are still running today, such as the Henry Street Settlement and her visiting nurse service in New York.
© 2013 A+E Networks. All rights reserved.
profile name: Lillian D. Wald profile occupation:
Sign in with Facebook to see how you and your friends are connected to famous icons.
Your Friends' Connections
Included In These Groups
Despite all sorts of institutional obstacles, women have continued to reach stratospheric levels of success in a full gamut of professional pursuits, whether as scientists, scribes, educators, governmental leaders, athletes, designers, film directors or performers. Learn more about the plethora of triumphs obtained by our group of trailblazers.
Visit Biography.com's Women's History group to explore more biographies, photos and videos of some the world's most fascinating women.
Groundbreaking Women 71 people in this group
Famous Pisceans 556 people in this group
Famous Children's Activists 27 people in this group