"A ball has passed between my body and
the right arm which supported him, cutting through his chest from shoulder to
shoulder. There was no more to be done for him and I left him to his rest. I
have never mended that hole in my eve. I wonder a soldier ever if does mend a
bullet hole in his coat?" Educator, nurse and founder of the American Red Cross,
Clara Barton was born on December 25, 1821 in Oxford, Massachusetts. She spent
most of her life in the service of others and created an organization that
still helps people in need today. The word hero is often misused. A true hero
would be bold and hardworking to have the right to be called that. Clara Barton
was a women who pushed the boundaries in a male-dominate society by doing
things in the interest of helping others; she is deserving of this title
because she was bold and hardworking.
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Barton showed she was bold because she was the first woman to break the
male-female barrier in a lot of different things. Barton was a natural leader and had an
instinct to take charge of a situation; "she took charge of relief work in the flood at Johnstown,
Pennsylvania, in 1889." (Manning) When Clara was told no, she took matters into
her own hands. "After all, no women had ever been near a battlefield but,
persistence paid of and a pass was finally issued." ("Clara Barton" Historic
World Leaders) Barton was used to being told no because of her gender. In an environment where men prevail, women
didn't get a lot of say. Barton was repentantly shot
down about trying to get onto the battlefield but the constant asking to go
finally got her somewhere. She knew that if she went on the battlefield, she
could get injured or killed. She took the risk and put her own life in jeopardy
to help the other soldiers. Breaking
through the barrier, "Barton went to Washington D.C.,
where she became a clerk in the U.S. Patent Office. This was another 'first'
for Barton, as no other American woman had ever held such a governmental post."
(Clarissa Harlowe Barton) This was a bold move because she was the first woman
to take this job. Knowing she could face discrimination and that people would
not take her serious, she took the job anyway selflessly. This was a big event
for Barton because she was finally "out there". Being a part of the government
gave her an advantage later on, even after she left. By having experience, this
helped her lead the American Red Cross. With her bold personality and a can-do
attitude, Barton achieved so many things in her lifetime that still make a
Clara Barton proved she was hardworking because she wouldn't
take no for an answer and always wanted to help out. All of the hardships she
faced during her years of relief work paid off and she founded an organization
to help people when she personally couldn't. "Clara Barton was nicknamed 'Angel
of the Battlefield' for her extraordinary work with wounded soldiers during the
Civil War. Her most lasting legacy, however, was the establishment of the
American Red Cross, a relief organization which still exists today." (Clarissa
Harlowe Barton) Barton put in so much effort to help people and tried to
provide as much as she could for the wounded soldiers. She took care of them
and did everything for them. Founding the American Red Cross was truly an
achievement because when she wasn't there to take care of someone, her
foundation was for the people to fall back on. "Clara Barton dedicated her life and energies to help others in times of need - both
home and abroad, in peacetime as well as during military emergencies."
(nps.gov) Clara Barton's life was all about other people. Even when she was
battling with depression, she still looked after other people than herself. She
was always looking for ways to better people and their lives and she would do
anything to make it happen. She was a really good person and her personality
influenced people. She was able to get a lot of people to help her run and
sustain the American Red Cross and when she retired from it, other people took
over. Still today, American Red Cross is there to support people. Clara's life
itself was an accomplishment and her works are still helping out people today.
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didn't let the fact that women didn't have a lot of rights; get in the way of
her life. She went and did great things. By devoting her life to others, it showed
she was bold and hardworking. She was always looking for ways to better people
and improve their lives. She inspires me to help other people in need. She showed
through her actions that you could accomplish anything if you set your mind to
it. "This 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
can't be a soldier, I'll help soldiers." Clara
Barton saved so many soldier lives and those who couldn't be saved, she made sure
they died peacefully. My hero never gave up and never let limits define her.
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