Quote Originally Posted by Milton Kuo View Post
I went to public school in Texas, too, and of the significant women in history that were discussed in my classes, I would argue Marie Curie is perhaps the one that made the greatest contribution to society, far moreso than Keller. If you're just talking about political figures, Catherine the Great, Elizabeth I, Queen Victoria, Mary Queen of Scots, Joan of Arc, and I guess Marie Antoinette come to mind. You did not read the works and at least mini biographies of Mary Shelley, the Bronte sisters, Jane Austen, Elizabeth Browning, or Emily Dickinson?
I did read their works in high school, but what I was getting at was that Helen Keller's biography is one of the only things I remember from elementary school. Her story had such an impact on me that of all the famous people we were given instruction on, she's the only one that readily comes to mind 50 years later. She was just an ordinary girl who overcame much to become an extraordinary woman. Contrary to the narrow range of career choices that the textbooks offered little girls, Keller showed me that girls could grow up to do a lot of different things.