Few professions aspire to improve the quality of life for people and communities around the globe in the same way as social work. Social workers strive to bring about positive changes in society and for individuals, often against great odds. And so it follows that the theme for this year’s National Social Work Month in the United States is “Social Work Paves the Way for Change.”
This March, we recognize the humanitarians who have ‘paved the way for change,’ in the arts, politics, medicine, education, and social work. Drawn from the most recent biographies added to the Encyclopedia of Social Work, the following represents a small sample of the thousands of people who have changed the course of our future and our world for the better, leaving a legacy as significant and inspiring as Van Gogh’s breath-taking irises.
Image credit: Irises by Van Gogh. Public domain via Wikimedia Commons.