Quotation by Cora Anderson

When I started out as a nurse I did so with the highest ideals.... But I found that steady work in my profession—like every woman's work in the world—depended upon the giving of myself.... Two-thirds of the physicians I met made a nurse's virtue the price of their influence in getting her steady work. Is it any wonder that I determined to become a member of this privileged sex, if possible?
Cora Anderson, U.S. male impersonator. As quoted in Gay American History, part 3, by Jonathan Katz (1976).

Said in 1914; for the previous thirteen years, Anderson had successfully impersonated a man, using the name "Ralph Kerwinieo" and doing "men's work." She lived with one woman for many years, then left her and married a second woman. The abandoned lover, Marie White, revealed Anderson/Kerwinieo's deception. She was charged with "disorderly conduct" and freed on the condition that she dress in women's clothes and stop posing as a man.
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