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Mary Seacole

It’s Black History month and we’re taking this opportunity to shine an amazing spotlight on Black women in STEM. Katie talks about nurse and entrepreneur, Mary Seacole. Voted the Best Black Britton, Mary Seacole is a Jamaican-Scottish gal who gave Florence Nightingale a run for her money. Learn a taste about the amazing gal from many lands. 

With Zoom video!

Show Notes

  • This month our Gal Pals are: Dr. Leah Leach, Bonnie Fillenwarth, Katie Harris and Amy Dalton
  • Bonnie has already talked about Mamie Phipps Clark
  • Get to know you question: Who is your favorite lady in science fiction?
  • “Geekdom is really hard now-a-days” Leah
  • Gate to Women’s Country (available at the Gal’s Guide Library)
  • Carrie Fisher shoutout
  • Wonder Woman shoutout
  • Katie’s 1 Cool Black STEM gal is Mary Seacole
  • Books – Wonderful Adventures of Mrs. Seacole in Many Lands (Gal’s Guide Library) Mary Seacole: The Most Famous Black Woman of the Victorian Age by Jane Robinson (Gal’s Guide Library)
  • Gal’s Guide Book Club
  • Mary was an adventurer and traveler
  • 2004 Mary was voted Greatest Black Britton
  • Her biography was one of the first by a lady of mixed race
  • Mary Seacole was Scottish and Jamaican
  • Her mother was a herbal doctor in Jamaica
  • 1800’s being clean
  • Mary Wollstonecraft
  • Florence Nightingale story
  • Jamaican influence
  • Most famous for her work with Cholera
  • Her mother’s hotel burned down
  • Her mother died
  • Mary moved to South America and opened a hotel
  • Cholera broke out in South America
  • Mary became a nurse and entrepreneur
  • “Not everybody’s hooked up on Valentine’s Day”
  • Wanderlust again
  • Mary spent some of her youth in England
  • Crimean War and England’s involvement
  • Mary asked to join Florence and her Nurse, she was rejected
  • Mary opened The British Hotel near the war front
  • Also a merchant
  • Profiteer or needing to pay the bills?
  • After the war
  • Wrote her biography
  • Her “boys” helped her too
  • Back and forth from London to Jamaica
  • Passed away in London


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