Winifred Moses, a Canadian-born nurse and teacher, came
to Cornell as a student in 1912. By the time she arrived at the
School of Home Economics, Moses already had an impressive academic
history. She attended university in Nova Scotia, and also went
to a normal school where she received her diploma in teaching.
Winifred subsequently trained as a nurse at Miss Juletta Wilson's
Private Hospital, also in Nova Scotia. Moses spent the summer
before she came to Cornell at the Experimental Garden School in
Canada, where she studied horticulture and plant life. After graduating
from Cornell in 1915, Moses became an instructor in the Food Department
while also working in extension, giving talks about first aid.
In 1921, Moses was recruited by the American Red Cross for her
skills in nursing as well as in nutritional sciences. During her
time with the Red Cross, Moses wrote reading courses on nutrition
Winifred returned to Cornell as an instructor in 1924, and
also worked as the household editor of Charm magazine,
a publication that was later absorbed by Glamour. Moses
was best known for her writing about the etiquette of table
setting, creating nine different table settings for various
occasions. While her pursuits shifted during her life, her
goal remained the same: to legitimize and elevate women's
positions both inside and outside of the home.