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Florence Nightingale three quarter length

Three Quarter length portrait of Florence Nightingale; circa 1860.

Nightingale is based off Florence Nightingale, not the bird. Nightingale was born to a wealthy upper-class family, at a time when women of her class were expected to focus on marriage and child bearing. Unitarian religious inspiration led her to devote her life to serving others, both directly and as a reformer. She came to prominence while serving as a nurse during the Crimean War, where she tended to wounded soldiers. She was dubbed "The Lady with the Lamp" after her habit of making rounds at night.Nightingale rejected proposals of marriage so as to be free to pursue her calling. Her father had progressive social views, providing his daughter with a well-rounded education that included mathematics and supported her desire to lead an active life. Nightingale's ability to effect reform rested on her exceptional analytic skills, her high reputation, and her network of influential friends. In 1860, Nightingale laid the foundation of professional nursing with the establishment of her nursing school at St. Thomas' Hospital in London, now part of King's College London. Her social reforms include improving healthcare for all sections of British society, improving healthcare and advocating for better hunger relief in India, helping to abolish laws regulating prostitution that were overly harsh to women, and expanding the acceptable forms of female participation in the workforce. Starting in her mid thirties, she suffered from chronic poor health, but continued working almost until her death at the age of ninety.

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