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Disabled HERstory Month: Helen Keller

Monday 15 December 2014 Disabled Students

As part of Disabled History Month, we are celebrating the achievements of disabled women to ensure that herstory is heard too.

Helen Keller, born 1880, was the first deaf and blind person to achieve a Bachellor of Arts degree in America. 

Author, lecturer and political activist, Helen Keller spent her life campaigning for women’s suffrage, Labour rights and socialism. She was also a member of the Socialist Party of America and Industrial Workers of the World.

Following her death in 1968, Keller had hospitals, schools and streets named after her. Her birthday, June 27, is commemorated as Helen Keller Day in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania and was authorized at the federal level by presidential proclamation by President Jimmy Carter in 1980, the 100th anniversary of her birth.