Tag Archives: Women’s History

Faye Abdullah holds a plaque next to Koop, in uniform, in an office in front of flags. March 24

Faye Glenn Abdellah: Nurse, Officer, Educator

By Douglas Atkins In honor of Women’s History Month, Circulating Now pays tribute today, to Rear Admiral and Nurse, Dr. Faye Glenn Abdellah, Ed.D., LL.D., Sc.D., R.N., F.A.A.N. who died last month at the age of 97. At a time when Flag Officership among health care professionals within the uniformed services remained strictly the purview […]

March 01

Sitting by the Fireside: African American History, Women’s History, and Food

Circulating Now welcomes guest blogger, Psyche Williams-Forson, PhD. Dr. Williams-Forson is an associate professor and chair, Department of American Studies, University of Maryland-College Park and the guest curator of NLM’s exhibition, Fire and Freedom: Food and Enslavement in Early America. Leaving the month of February, when we celebrate Black History Month, and entering March, when […]

Illustration of different kinds of people coming together as in a rally or demonstration. August 09

Power to the People: Washington Gives Back

By Jennifer Brier, Anne Armstrong, Julie Kutruff, Erin Carlson Mast, Patricia Tuohy Creative individuals and institutions in Washington DC have moved beyond what often comes to mind when people think of “Washington museums.” Power to the People: Washington Gives Back was a panel featured during this year’s annual conference of the American Alliance of Museums, […]

Photographs of 3 woman in nursing uniforms, generally including variations on a collared shirt, cap and apron. May 12

A Universal Code: Nurse Uniforms of All Nations

By Anne Marie Rafferty This essay on the International Nurse Uniform Photograph Collection, ca. 1950 was originally published in Hidden Treasure: The National Library of Medicine, 2011. The collection of photographs was developed by the Helene Fuld Health Foundation and consists of 93 hand-colored 8×10 photographs. It is republished here today in honor of National […]

An artists portait of Susan Coley Nauts seated in front of a bookshelf. April 19

Helen Coley Nauts: Advocate for Immunotherapy

By Douglas Atkins Helen Coley Nauts (1907–2001) was the daughter of a prominent physician and surgeon whom many consider to be the Father of Immunotherapy for cancer, Dr. William Bradley Coley (1862–1936). Dr. Coley treated hundreds of cancer patients in his career, initially by utilizing live bacterial toxins, which in turn activated an immune response […]

Detail of engraving style illustration of a woman holding up a hand in defense. March 08

Change is Possible

This post is the last in a series exploring the history of nursing and domestic violence from the guest blogger Catherine Jacquet, Assistant Professor of History and Women’s and Gender Studies at Louisiana State University and guest curator of NLM’s exhibition Confronting Violence: Improving Women’s Lives. By the early 1990s, change was on the horizon. […]

Cover, with bullet hole illustration. January 26

Nurses Organize

This post is the fourth in a series exploring the history of nursing and domestic violence from the guest blogger Catherine Jacquet, Assistant Professor of History and Women’s and Gender Studies at Louisiana State University and guest curator of NLM’s exhibition Confronting Violence: Improving Women’s Lives. During the mid-1980s nurses nationwide formally organized. Up until […]