Florence Nightingale tea towel
Florence Nightingale, (1820 - 1910), was an English social reformer and statistician and the founder of modern nursing. She came to prominence while serving as a manager of nurses during the Crimean War where she trained nurses and organised the tending to wounded and dying soldiers. She gave nursing a highly favourable reputation and became an icon of Victorian culture, especially in the persona of "The Lady with the Lamp" making her ward rounds at night. Her social reforms include improving healthcare for all sections of society, advocating better hunger relief in India, helping to abolish prostitution laws that were over harsh to women and expanding the acceptable forms of female participation in the workforce. While better known for her contributions to nursing and mathematics she also made contributions to feminism, publishing some 200 books articles and pamphlets throughout her life.