Clara Barton, the founder of American Red Cross, is known to be an animal lover especially cats. Anyone in any category who went to the extreme can be called as
crazy. Cat lady is no exception and often times its term is taken negatively. Let’s change the perspective. Why don’t we take a look at a great woman who has done tremendous impact on her time and she happened to be a
cat lady, like Clara Barton.
Clara Barton the Great Cat Lady: the Founder of American Red Cross
POINT BREEZE KINGDOM – EARLY AFTERNOON
Servant H is reading something online. Johnny comes in.
What’s up, H?
Oh, I’m reading something about cat ladies.
Cat ladies. I assume you are one of them?
Yes, I have a qualification for that. But people knows
crazy cat ladies are an extreme exception among many real cat ladies who keep clean and are sociable as well. What I am reading on is a woman who founded American Red Cross.
Yes. The American Red Cross is a humanitarian organization that provides emergency assistance, disaster relief and education inside the United States. Today they expand their service in areas such as communications, educational programs for preparedness and more.
She was really ahead of her time. She started teaching schools at a time most teachers were men. She raised funds and began starting free public schools in New Jersey where there were no free public schools before.
Wow. She has a spirit of an entrepreneur!
Exactly! People were impressed with their new school. But she left this town with disappointment.
Why is that?
Because she learned that she would not be principal of the school which she had founded. At the time, women thought to be
not appropriate to run a school nor get paid as equal salary as men’s.
Although, she got a job at government office after she moved to Washington D.C., and got paid equally as men.
Angel of the battlefield
But once again, she had to leave the office. There were not a few workers who were angry with her receiving $1400 a year, insulted her and made slanderous remarks about her.
After her dad died, she returned to the office and began to gather supplies. America was in civil war.
Now she works as a nurse?
She was quite a versatile person, taking care of wounds as a nurse, cleaning hospitals, serving foods, gathering funds for her cause.
She’s some woman.
Indeed. She was called as “Angel of the Battlefield” for her dedicational support and the harrowing experience. She had a bullet tore through the sleeve of her dress without striking her and killed a man to whom she was tending.
She must have been saved by great power. After the American Civil War, she ran the Office of Missing Soldiers and was able to bring closure for 13,000 soldiers’ families. Then she started delivering lectures about her war experiences around the country and became an activist for civil rights…
Ok. Where our furry friend come in?
Sure. Let me sum up here. She had a chance to know International Red Cross during her trip to Geneva, Switzerland. You can guess what happened later.
She started one in the United States?
Right. She’s a woman of belief backed up by her action. U.S. Senator Schuyler Colfax sent Barton a kitten for her selfless work for the soldiers. The most beloved cat’s name was Tommy.
Hello my friend, Tommy! He looks noble.
You can see his portrait still hang on Barton’s house in Glen Echo, Maryland where she spent the rest of her life. She was known as an animal lover but developed a special fondness for felines in her later years. She’d lived with him for 17 years.
Hope she and he had a great time together. She deserved the real good life with us feline friends after we’ve seen what she had achieved all her life and the deeds which saved a lot of lives and souls.
Anyone who can be crazy about something is happier than who have nothing to be crazy about. No matter what others think of them, I think.
Clara wished to be called as one of the most honored women in American history and she surely became one. Long before she established American Red Cross, she had been dedicating herself to others.
As often the term
cat lady accompanied by
crazy, Clara might be one of an extreme example of cat ladies. But what a great cat lady she was!
8 of History’s Greatest Cat Ladies (mental_floss)
23 Photos That Destroy The Myth Of The “Old Cat Lady” (BuzzFeed)
Frequently Asked Questions About Clara Barton (Clara Barton Birthplace Museum)
Also published on Medium.