WOTM Featuring Helen Keller
Helen Keller – Author, Activist, & Lecturer
What would Women On The Move (WOTM), 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 of 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”.