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Leila McNeill

Leila McNeill

Leila is freelance writer and editor, whose work focuses on women and gender in science, technology, and medicine and has appeared in, BBC Future, and The Baffler, among others. She is also the producer and co-host of the Lady Science Podcast and co editor-in-chief of Lady Science Magazine. You can find her at or on Twitter @leilasedai.

Lillian Smith, noted author and lecturer, congratulating Mrs. Mabel Keaton Staupers, winner of the 36th Springarn medal, for outstanding work in the integration of African American nurses into the American nursing profession

The Black Nurse Who Drove Integration of the U.S. Nurse Corps

In World War II, Mabel Keaton Staupers tirelessly fought for the integration of the Army and Navy Nurse Corps—and eventually won.