Two Strong Women: Helen Keller & Annie Sullivan for International Women’s Day


I first learned about Helen Keller and her remarkable teacher Annie Sullivan when I was twelve, acting in the play The Miracle Worker Wyndham’s Theatre, London – Olympia Theatre, Dublin – Playhouse Theatre, Sheffield. They have both been special to me ever since.
Their story is a moving and powerful one. Of a teacher who unlocked a blind, deaf and dumb child from the prison of her handicap to teach her language and how to speak.

Fight scene | The Miracle Worker | Anne Stallybrass as Annie Sullivan and Lesley Scoble as Helen Keller

Helen Keller 1880 – 1968

Helen Adams Keller was born in Alabama on the 27th June 1880. At only 19 months, she suffered an illness that left her blind, deaf and dumb.

The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision.

—Helen Keller

Helen Keller’s achievements were remarkable.

  • Published twelve books
  • Communicated…

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