Empowered to empower,
Inspired to inspire,
Enlightened to enlighten,
These women changed the world, and you what are you “as a winning
women” doing to be of value to the society, to your immediate
environment, to your country.
Don't you know that without women this world will be incomplete. If
all that lived were men then the world will be in darkness. Women have
light in them that lights the world.
The creator has gifted women with enormous power if used positively
will change lives, influence lives, bring smiles to sad faces.
Remember the word is “positive” for some women use this power
negatively and mislead people. Be a positive influence. Be an
World Most Influential Women,
(1) Florence Nightingale 1820 – 1910
Pioneer of Modern Nursing.
Florence Nightingale went to the Crimean War to nurse wounded
soldiers. She and her nurses saved many lives.
Florence Nightingale made hospitals cleaner places. She showed that
trained nurses and clean hospitals helped sick people get better. She
was the founder of modern nursing.
Florence's father was William Nightingale, a rich banker. Florence was
born in Italy on 12th May. She was named after the city of Florence.
In Victorian Britain, poor women worked as servants or in factories.
Rich girls like Florence were expected to marry and look after a home,
perhaps doing charity work.
Florence was very religious. From the age of 16 she believed God
wanted her to do important work. When she was 22, a young writer asked
her to marry him. After seven years making up her mind, Florence said
Florence could go to parties. She could travel. In 1849 she visited
Egypt. But she did not want a life of leisure. She wanted to be a
When Florence told her parents, they were shocked. Hospitals at this
time were dirty and horrible. Doctors did operations with no
anaesthetic. Most people who went into hospital died. Florence could
not possibly work as a nurse.
Nurses were not respectable or trained.
Florence's parents sent her to Italy, to forget about nursing. She met
a young Englishman, Sidney Herbert, and he told her rich people should
help the poor. Florence came home determined to be a nurse.
In 1851, Florence went to Germany, to a Christian nursing school for
women. She learned nursing for three months. It was hard work, but she
Then Crimea war broke out Florence and 38 nurses arrived in Turkey in
November 1854. At first the Army doctors wanted nothing to do with
her. Florence would not go away. So the doctors let the nurses into
the Army hospital at Scutari. Florence got busy cleaning up.
The hospital was overcrowded and filthy. There were not enough beds,
so men lay on the floor. They were not washed. There were no proper
toilets. Drains were blocked. Rats ran everywhere. The smell was
The patients ate bread that was mouldy-green, and meat 'more like
leather', Florence said. Without good food, sick men could not get
better. Without clean bandages, clean beds and clean water, many died
Florence worked 20 hours a day. She went to the town to buy fresh
food. She started clean kitchens, and a French chef named Alexis Soyer
came to cook better meals. She paid workmen to clear the drains. Soon
the hospital was cleaner, and fewer men were dying.
At night Florence walked around the wards, to make sure the men were
comfortable. She sat with dying soldiers. She wrote letters home for
men who could not write. She carried a lantern, so the soldiers called
her 'The Lady with the Lamp'.
International Nurses Day is celebrated on her birthday each year.
Dear Lady, be inspired by this inspiring woman.
Wednesday for all Winning Women (WWW).