A snapshot biography of Helen Keller

Helen Keller

Helen Keller was blind, and she was deaf. But that didn’t stop her from pursuing a college degree at Radcliffe College and becoming the first deaf-blind person to earn a Bachelor of Arts in the United States. Nor did it prevent her from falling in love and getting engaged, and becoming a public speaker who fought for equality, peace, and workers’ rights.

There must have been a number of reasons for how she was able to accomplish as much as she did, but one had to be her perspective on life.

“So much has been given to me I have not time to ponder over that which has been denied.”


Note: The photograph is of 24-year-old Helen in 1904.

Sources: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division