Dorothea Dix


Dorothea Dix born Hampden, ME April 4, 1802 (d. 1887). American prison reformer, teacher and humanitarian; advocated care of the insane; superintendent of Union nurses in Civil War.


"In politics, if you want anything said, ask a man. If you want anything done, ask a woman."

"I come to present the strong claims of suffering humanity. I come to place before the Legislature of Massachusetts the condition of the miserable, the desolate, the outcast. I come as the advocate of helpless, forgotten, insane, and idiotic men and women." (Memorial to the Legislature of Massachusetts, Jan. 19, 1843; photo Unitarian Universalists)