Ever the optimist, Helen was known for always seeing the glass as half-full in spite of tough circumstances. This 1903 essay argues that progress requires positive thinking + happiness is based on social purpose.
The author's portrait from the first 1903 edition of Helen's famous essay "Optimism" pictures her in full grad regalia. Helen had entered Radcliffe College in 1900 + soon after became the first deaf + blind person to earn a B.A. Always an advocate for education, she spent much of her adult life lobbying for schools to teach deaf + blind children around the world.