See this online text:

  • “Hospitals and Habits: Catholic Sisters and the Medical Marketplace, 1860-1930,” by Barbara Mann Wall, American Catholic Studies, Vol. 116, No. 1 (Spring 2005): pp. 91-94. May be read online at JSTOR (requires registration, and one may register with a Google account).  .  

See also these related texts on the establishment of Catholic hospital by religious sisters:

  • Book Review of Who Shall Take Care of Our Sick? Roman Catholic Sisters and the Development of Catholic Hospitals in New York City by Bernadette McCauley (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2005), and Unlikely Entrepreneurs: Catholic Sisters and the Hospital Marketplace, 1865-1925 by Barbra Mann Wall (Ohio State University Press, 2005), by Joseph Piccione, JD, STD, The National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly, Volume 11, Issue 1 (Spring 2011): pp. 183-189. Available in pdf format on this page of the Philosophy Documentation Center.
  • Unlikely Entrepreneurs: Catholic Sisters & The Hospital Marketplace 1865-1925, 1st Edition, by Barbara Mann Wall (Ohio State University Press, 2005). The printed book may be purchased at Amazon.

On the secular observance of Women’s Entrepreneurship Day. For other texts and ebooks, you may access the List of Free eBooks (Arranged by Title), the List of Free eBooks (Grouped by Subject), the List of Worth-It Catholic Books & eBooks, and the main page of the Catholic eBooks Project.

“Who shall find a valiant woman? far, and from the uttermost coasts is the price of her… She hath sought wool and flax, and hath wrought by the counsel of her hands. She is like the merchant’s ship, she bringeth her bread from afar… She hath considered a field, and bought it: with the fruit of her hands she hath planted a vineyard.

“She hath girded her loins with strength, and hath strengthened her arm… She hath put out her hand to strong things, and her fingers have taken hold of the spindle.

“She hath opened her hand to the needy, and stretched out her hands to the poor. She shall not fear for her house in the cold of snow: for all her domestics are clothed with double garments…. 

“She made fine linen, and sold it… She hath opened her mouth to wisdom, and the law of clemency is on her tongue. She hath looked well on the paths of her house, and hath not eaten her bread idle…

“Many daughters have gathered together riches: thou hast surpassed them all. Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: the woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised. Give her of the fruit of her hands: and let her works praise her in the gates.” (Proverbs xxxi, 10-30)