Lillian Wald

Lillian Wald

Lillian Wald was born in Cincinnati, Ohio on March 10, 1867 (d. September 1, 1940). She was a nurse, humanitarian, author and founded the Henry Street Settlement. “In 1893, after witnessing first-hand the poverty and hardship endured by immigrants on the Lower East Side, she founded Henry Street Settlement. She moved into the neighborhood and, living and working among the industrial poor, she and her colleagues offered health care to area residents in their homes on a sliding fee scale. In addition to health care, Henry Street provided social services and instruction in everything from the English language to music.” (Source:

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Lillian Wald at the National Women’s History Museum.

Lillian Wald at the Jewish Women’s Archive.

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