For over 100 years, the Statue of Liberty has greeted thousands of refugees fleeing hardship, and dreaming of a better life in America. Though lady Liberty is no longer the first site for those coming to the United States, the words inscribed on her base still ring true.

Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free
— Emma Lazarus

 

Born into privilege in New York City, Emma’s poetry won her praise and affection from an early age. Her impact was not limited to the literary world. 

Emma fought tirelessly on behalf of refugees. She called for action during a time when the voices of women were so rarely heard. Her advocacy, and emphasis on vocational training helped to create a movement.

Emma’s legacy lives on.