Beyond the glass wall: Black Canadian nurses, 1940-1970

Karen Flynn

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Until the mid-1940s, young Black women who wanted to train as nurses in Canada were prohibited from doing so. The first cohort of Black Canadian registered nurses integrated Canadian nursing schools beginning in the early 1950s. I argue that despite entering an occupation that defined itself around Victorian ideals of "true womanhood," an archetype that excluded Black women, these nurses were able to negotiate and secure a place in the profession. This research not only contributes to Canadian nursing, it also situates Canada, with respect to scholarly discussions about the Black Diaspora.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)129-152
Number of pages24
JournalNursing History Review
StatePublished - 2009

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Nursing


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