Mx. Maria Eliza Mahoney

Mx. Maria Eliza Mahoney is the second Black person to train and work as a nurse in the U.S.

Degree(s): Nursing

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Undergraduate Institution: New England Hospital for Women and Children

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Photo Credit: Wikicommons

Mx. Maria Eliza Mahoney is the second Black person to train and work as a nurse in the U.S. Upon graduation in 1879, she not only worked to fight discrimination against Black nurses (and also provide more opportunities for them), she also fought for better opportunities for herself. Mx. Mahoney became one of the founding members of the Nurses Associated Alumnae of the United States and Canada (later becoming the American Nurses Association). However, due to their restrictions on admitting Black nurses, she founded the National Association of Colored Graduate Nurses (NACGN). The American Nurses Association established the Mary Mahoney Award in her honor, for significant contributions in advancing equality for all nurses.

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