One of Many Famous Deaf Women in the History

April 17, 2011 at 12:00 am 2 comments

Juliette Gordon LowI was at a Happy Hands Organization meeting on April 6th held at the Northern Virginia Resource for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Persons office by Deaf seniors. Vicki Hurwitz was the guest speaker. She is the 3rd Deaf First Lady of Gallaudet University, and the wife of President Alan Hurwitz. She has been researching Deaf Women’s History with a lot of passion.

She covered many important Deaf women in history. Today I will share one of many with you: Juliette Gordon Low.

Juliette Gordon Low was born October 31, 1860 in Savannah, Georgia.  She was also the founder of the Girls Scouts of the USA in 1912. When she was 25 years old, she suffered an ear infection. She persuaded her doctor to do an experimental treatment of silver nitrate. Unfortunately, it damaged her hearing and made her deaf in that year. One year later, at her parents’ 29th wedding anniversary party, a grain of rice went into her good ear. When it was removed, her ear drum was punctured and became infected. She then became completely deaf in that ear.

Stamp Once she became deaf in both ears, she became a Deaf founder of Girls Scout in the Illinois School for the Deaf. She was honored many times including her birthplace in Savannah, George. It is a tourist destination by the Juliette Low National Center and she was one of the few deaf people honored on a postage stamp in 1948.

If you want to know more about famous Deaf women in the history, you can do some research. Whenever Vicki Hurwitz gives a lecture of Deaf Women, please try to have an opportunity to see her.

By Doreen Solar, ECNV Deaf & HoH Peer Mentor


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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Kenneth S. Rothschild  |  July 6, 2013 at 7:48 pm

    This comment “she was one of the few deaf people honored on a postage stamp in 1948” is not accurate. There were many stamps in 1948 and only the Juliette Gordon Low stamp was about a deaf person. Only a few other US stamps were issued to honor some famous personages who were deaf or deaf-related such as Thomas Edison, Helen Keller, and Alexander Graham Bell. There are still no US stamps that honored a Deaf person for her/his work with the Deaf. Do come to my presentation on stamps related to the Deaf at the forthcoming DSA conference in Baltimore on Monday, August 26th.

    • 2. ecnvecnv  |  July 8, 2013 at 11:17 am


      Thanks for the correction. The person who wrote that blog entry is not currently employed at ECNV. However, I will try to pass your on.



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