My WCW this week goes back in time to Mary Eliza Mahoney. Mary Mahoney was the first black professional nurse in the United States. Now, we all know that women (and men) of all races have been nursing the sick for thousands of years but Nurse Mahoney completed a 16-month training program in nursing in 1879. She was the first black woman in the United States to do so. Mahoney was active in organizing nurses – she was an original member of what would eventually become the ANA and she co-founded the National Association of Colored Graduate Nurses. She was also involved in the fights for women’s suffrage and civil rights. We are standing, my friends, on the shoulders of giants and Nurse Mahoney is among those.