Helen Keller

Day 14: Helen Keller
Educator, Journalist

I think most people are familiar with the inspiring tale of young Helen Keller and the teacher Anne Sullivan, who helped Keller learn to communicate. However, I am much more interested in highlighting what Helen Keller did when she grew up. She was the first deaf and blind person to graduate from an American college (Radcliffe in 1904). She went¬†on be an advocate for radical causes, including the rights of the disabled, women’s suffrage, birth control, and socialism. Thus, I think it is vital that rather than treating Helen Keller as a piece of inspiration porn (look at the poor blind and deaf girl overcoming adversity and learning to communicate!) we remember Helen Keller as a woman who took inspiration from the challenges of her disability to try to change the world.