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Famous American Feminist Leaders and What We Can Learn From Them

25 MAR 2014

While these days we tend to think that all of the fighting and protesting for human rights and equality has lead to us having an accepting and fairly equal society, there’s still a lot of progress to be made in the realm of inequality and injustice. Prejudice still runs rampant and is alive and well in many different facets in North America – from enduring gender inequality and racism in many areas to the struggle for the LGBT community to gain the rights and respect that they deserve, it’s still very much an uphill battle. While it would be nice to think that we have become an equal society, it’s simply not the case, and there’s still quite a lot of work to be done to progress. Some of America’s first feminists can actually teach us a lot of lessons that are still applicable to our societal state today. Shimer College has a great blog post up about what the actions of famous feminists can do to inform our progress today, so check it out!

“A woman who a majority of people would consider America’s first feminist, Susan B. Anthony fought incredibly long and hard for women’s suffrage, even getting arrested after illegally registering to vote and voting in the presidential election of 1972. She was tireless in organizing rallies, and she formed the Women’s Royal League to support the presidential politics of Abraham Lincoln.

She taught us that we need not be scared of prosecution for standing for something that is morally just and something we firmly believe in. She’s gone on not only to inspire a minted coin in her honor, but generations of people who realize that change sometimes can only come about with great upheaval and personal sacrifice.”