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Who Were the First Social Entrepreneurs?

Florence Nightingale

Florence Nightingale

Unlike most women brought up in Victorian England, Florence Nightingale received a rigorous education. Her decision to become a nurse was frowned on by her family as beneath her abilities. She persevered anyway and fought to improve hospital conditions during her service in the Crimean War. Nightingale adapted her success in the military when she returned home and eventually established the first school for nurses. Her achievements brought respect for the profession and she is now considered the founder of modern nursing.

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