About Clara Barton
Clara Barton was a teacher, nurse, and founder of the American Red Cross. She became a teacher at the age of 17, and later opened a free public school in New Jersey to provide schooling to children who couldn’t afford tuition. When offered lower pay for teaching than male teachers, Barton protested and ultimately received equal pay. She began collecting supplies for soldiers and courageously brought aid to the front lines during the Civil War, earning her the nickname “The Angel of the Battlefield.” She successfully founded the American Red Cross and served as president for 22 years, never taking salary for her work in the organization.