During the Civil War, the nursing profession exploded with need, boosting women to take one of the most important roles in the war.
Due to the growing demand, widows, unemployed women, group volunteers, and freed slaves all flocked to the front lines to earn money and aid the war effort.
White women were the most popular choice for nursing, as the soldiers felt comforted by the motherly or wifely care they so often experienced at home.
While women were the most popular choice for nursing jobs, there were black and male nurses as well, though they were paid less and called laundresses, cooks, and stewards.
An example of women's influence on the Civil War was Florence Nightingale's Notes on Nursing, which was used widely in the North and South to heighten sanitation and stop the spread of disease.
Nightingale's Notes on Nursing!
Nursing in the Civil War opened the doors for women's education and independence. Many fantastic colleges opened to women during and after the war, which led to the funding of the American Red Cross (Clara Barton) and advancements in the U.S Sanitary Commision. The Civil War played a role in changing the path of women's career choice in history.