Heroine: a woman having the qualities of a hero; a woman admired and emulated for her achievements and qualities; the central female figure in an event or period.
Probably the most famous American nurse, Clara Barton is known as the “Angel of the Battlefield,” and one of the most honored women in American history.
She cared for wounded soldiers on the frontlines during the Civil War, which led her to found the Red Cross in 1881, which she led for 23 years. As President of the American Red Cross she organized over 18 relief efforts.
But, these were not her only accomplishments. She taught school at a time when most teachers were men, and she was among the first women to gain employment in the federal government.
Her empathy and understanding of the needs of people in distress, and how to provide help for them, was the leading passion that guided her life.
The Red Cross biography of Clara Barton says this: “Her intense devotion to serving others resulted in enough achievements to fill several ordinary lifetimes.”
Certainly a shining example…and a true Heroine!
“I may be compelled to face danger, but never fear it, and while our soldiers can stand and fight, I can stand and feed and nurse them.”
“The conflict is one thing I’ve been waiting for. I’m well and strong and young — young enough to go to the front. If I cannot be a soldier, I’ll help soldiers.”
“What could I do but go with them [soldiers of the Civil War], or work for them and my country? The patriot blood of my father was warm in my veins.”
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