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Girl Power - Murphy p.1/2


Published on December 3, 2014

Radcliffe College (an all women version of Harvard by Boston) where she went to college. Helen was the only blind and deaf person to learn how to read braille, how to write, type, and speak. That’s a big accomplishment, but also she was the smartest in her class and because of that, she joined Radcliffe College. Hardly any women went to college at the time, but going to Radcliffe, that’s was almost impossible. Going to Radcliffe was considered impossible because you had to take a test that most people failed, and Helen passed it. Helen was intelligent at a very young age because she started walking and talking before she was a year old. During Helen’s first summer with Anne Helen learned about 625 words. “Once I knew only darkness and stillness… My life was without past or future…” That was Helen talking about what her life was like when she was blind and deaf. Helen’s child life was lonely, she only had one friend that could understand Helen’s made up signs. Helen was so lonely she forgot about everything, the names of objects, her parents and her siblings turned into strangers, and she even forgot her own name. Helen wasn’t always in darkness, at 19 months old she got very sick and made her blind and deaf. People believe that Helen got the scarlet fever or meningitis. Now almost everybody knows Helen Keller. People made June 27 (Helen’s birthday) Helen Keller Day to remember Helen’s accomplishments. Some of them are the books that Helen wrote including, The Frost King (1891), The World I Live In (1908), Out of the Dark (1913), My Religion (1927) and later edited and renamed Light in My Darkness (1994), and her most famous story, “The Story of my Life,” was published in more that 50 languages. The last way people remember Helen is the American Foundation for the Blind’s (AFB) fundraiser called, “Helen Keller Bibliography McCann, Michelle Roehm, and  Amelie Welden. "Helen  Keller." Girls Who Rocked  the World: Heroines from  Joan of Arc to Mother  Teresa. New York: Aladdin,  2012. Pages 95-98. Print.