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Featuring Helen Keller

Helen Keller black & white portrait, 1904. Due to a protruding left eye, Keller was usually photographed in profile. Both her eyes were replaced in adulthood with glass replicas for "medical and cosmetic reasons".[

Bold Blind Beautiful Helen Keller

What would Women On The Move, previously known as Fierce Fridays be without Helen Keller? Helen Keller also happens to be one of my all-time favorite heroines. Like many children in the 60’s I learned about Helen Keller in school and was thoroughly fascinated by her. I’m sure most of my enchantment was partly because as a child I couldn’t understand how a blind, deaf, and mute person could reach the heights of success Helen achieved. Secondary to that thought was if Helen Keller could aspire to greatness then couldn’t I do likewise?

Evolution Of Women On The Move

When I originally thought about Bold Blind Beauty and how I was going to structure the blog, I thought Fridays could be “Fabulous Fridays.” I intended to discuss the whole body, mind, and spirit thing but then as I began writing, there was a shift.

To help people get to know us and our achievements as blind/vision impaired women, then why not feature these women? So enter Fierce Fridays, highlighting bold blind beautiful women who have, or are, making an impact on the world.

Stereotypes and misconceptions abound on how blind/vision impaired people live their lives. I think a large part of this is due to our lack of understanding what sight loss and/or blindness mean. Over the years, there have been surveys1,2,3 about how people fear sight loss more than cancer, heart disease or stroke.

Could our fear of blindness be a result thinking it’s a total loss of eyesight? Maybe, although as I learned the range of sight loss is very expansive and most people who’ve lost sight do have residual vision.

Back To Helen

Helen Keller was fierce. She was an intelligent, determined advocate who fought for, among other things, the rights of blind people. One of my favorite quotes from Helen is: “Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it.”

Helen Keller Image Description:

Helen Keller portrait, 1904. Due to a protruding left eye, Keller was usually photographed in profile. Both her eyes were replaced in adulthood with glass replicas for “medical and cosmetic reasons”.

Sources:

1AFB Survey
2“Eye on Eyesight” Survey
3NCBI (Pfizer Survey)

6 thoughts on “Featuring Helen Keller

  1. I want to write about her for my own blog, but the problem is I don’t know where to start. Even the blind have prejudices and stereotypes they carry around with them, and I am no exception. When I think about being deaf and not getting to hear my favourite sounds: the voices of my loved ones, my favourite music, the birds chirping out my window, the waves crashing against the shore and gulls crying out, or the beautifully musical sounds of dolphins and whales…well, I am just so thankful for what I have. I could speak about Helen for hours. She has taught me so much.

    1. Agreed. She is without a doubt one of my all time favorite heroines.

  2. I read something about her. Even though she was blind and couldn’t see the world. Her heart was full of life a beauty

    1. She was an amazing woman and a role model for everyone to aspire to.

      1. I completely agree! She has a huge influence on me. Thank you for sharing that 🙂

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