Sunday, January 11, 2015

Who Was Clara Barton?

I had no idea, prior to reading this book, how many things Clara Barton accomplished in her lifetime. I remember learning about her as sort of a nurse, little more. You can still feel Clara's pain in these pages at the unfairness of equal pay she experienced through much of her lifetime. Her demands to be paid equal to a man, throughout her life, are inspiring.

Who Was Clara Barton? by Stephanie Spinner (Author), David Groff (Illustrator)

"Clarissa “Clara” Barton was a shy girl who grew up to become a teacher, nurse, and humanitarian. At a time when few women worked outside the home, she became the first woman to hold a government job, as a patent clerk in Washington, DC. In 1864, she was appointed “lady in charge” of the hospitals at the front lines of the Union Army, where she became known as the “Angel of the Battlefield.” Clara Barton built a career helping others. She went on to found the American Red Cross, one of her greatest accomplishments, and one of the most recognized organizations in the world."

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