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Dix love for education started when she was still a young girl, and by the time she was 14, she had already started teaching at a school for girls. What was amazing is that she devised her own curricula that emphasized on natural sciences and ethical living. From the very beginning, Dix had a special spot in her heart for the poor in society. Her wealthy grandmother usually discouraged her from helping beggars, but this did not stop her giving out clothes and food to any beggar children that she came across. In 1822 Dix managed to open her own school that was focused on the education of poor girls. Up until 1836, she had managed to teach and spare some time to write children books. Her second career as an advocate for the rights of the mentally ill developed when she was recuperating from tuberculosis in England. She witnessed the conditions in which the mentally ill were forced to live in and determined that she would fight to ensure that those conditions were changed2.