Our Woman of the Century

Posted on August 17th, 2020 at 9:11 AM
Our Woman of the Century
As news outlets around the country celebrate the 100th anniversary of voting rights for women, we are so proud that the Erie Times-News recognized our founder, Dr. Gertrude A. Barber, as Erie's Woman of the Century.
 
Dr. Barber achieved many "firsts" in her life, and was indeed a trailblazer for women everywhere. But her fight was for equality of all persons, particularly our most vulnerable citizens that society had forgotten and shut away. She dedicated her entire life to bringing children and adults with disabilities opportunities for education, employment, and full inclusion in all aspects of their community. While the Cause for her canonization was opened in December, many families have long considered her a saint for the hope that she brought to their loved one.
 
The legacy of Dr. Barber's life and vision does indeed live on today as our more than 3,000 employees across the commonwealth work to carry on her mission. She inspires each of us to live up to the high standards and determination that she had to make the world a better place for all. For as persons with disabilities reached their potential for more fulfilling lives, all of us benefit from the many ways they enrich our communities.
 
As a friend and supporter, thank you for all that you have done to continue making Dr. Barber's mission continue today.