May 12, 2015

Clara Barton

I don't know who else has noticed the campaign to put a woman's face on the US $20 bill, but I think it's awesome.  Awhile back you could go to the website and vote for your favorite American woman (from a list of 15 of the nation's most prominent women in history) who's face you'd like to see on our currency.  I was super bummed that my pick did not make it into the final five, and I say we just put her face on the $20 bill anyway because she is that amazing.

Meet Clara Barton

She was a vocal supporter of civil rights.
She was active in women's suffrage.
She was a teacher.
She was a nurse.
She was nicknamed "The Angel of the Battlefield" during the Civil War for her efforts in bringing much needed supplies and care to soldiers right on the battlefield, often risking her life to do so. 
She--under the direction of President Lincoln--organized a movement to help find missing Civil War soldiers who were either wounded or had been POW's.  She helped reunite 22,000 men with their families. 
She founded the American Red Cross in 1881 and was its president for 20 years.
Clara accomplished much and spent her life serving despite struggling with bouts of depression her entire life.  

Clara Barton been a hero of mine since I was 11 years old and I can't think of a person more worthy of honor and appreciation that someone who, despite her own troubles, spent her life in service to others.
Happy Nurses Week everyone!   

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