The First Deaf Woman and a Valediction


143 years ago today, Agatha Tiegel Hanson was born and ended up as the top student in her class at National Deaf-Mute College that is now Gallaudet University. She was the first woman to earn a four-year Bachelor of Arts degree. She was selected as a valediction and signed a powerful statement called The Intellect of Woman which I am sure that it had rocked the graduation that day. She passed away in my beloved city, Portland, Oregon.