The Women, 2014. Oil on linen; 28 x 36 cm

Despite widespread commemoration of fallen soldiers after World War I, monuments that memorialize the pioneering nurses who lost their lives are far too rare. This sculpted Red Cross sister is part of a World War I memorial in Reims, France. Though originally dedicated to allied nurses, her tender sadness here honors all nurses who died in the first World War. 

Historically, World War I was pivotal for women’s positions in Western society. Women were broadly engaged in frontline medical services, employed in industries hitherto dominated by men and demonstrated their vital role in the war response.

Available as part of the triptych The Women, the Men, the Promise

 

 

The Women