Honnor Morten

Ellen Ross

in Slum Travelers

Published by University of California Press

Published in print July 2007 | ISBN: 9780520249059
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520940055 | DOI:
Honnor Morten

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This chapter discusses Honnor Morten. At the age of twenty-seven, she took nurse's training at the London Hospital and eventually received a midwifery diploma from the London Obstetrical Society. From 1885 to 1888, Morten was a nursing volunteer and began to engage in public speaking, journalism, health policy, and administration. She wrote articles for periodicals and founded the Women Writers Club. She also organized the Nurses' Cooperative and the School Nurses' Society which offered free nurses' care for London children. When she was thirty, she began giving lectures on first aid, infant care, family health, and women's rights. In her latter years, she campaigned for equal wages for the women employees of the London School Board, abolishment of corporal punishment in schools, the assignment of school nurses to the poorest pupils, and better facilities for disabled and retarded children. In addition, she also founded a settlement and a country holiday home for disabled London children. This chapter presents some passages from her fictionalized journal which draws heavily on her nursing history.

Keywords: Honnor Morten; nursing volunteer; public speaking; journalism; health policy; Nurses' Cooperative; School Nurses' Society; equal wages; school nurses

Chapter.  5136 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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