So! (en) | Women who made a difference in the world: I

Hillary’s nomination as the democratic candidate for the presidential run means, for sure, a step up for women all over America. However, she’s not been the first, nor the last, woman to make a difference in history. With her nomination, Hillary Clinton has broken the glass ceiling, yet, she still has a lot to prove as (very plausibly) the next commander in chief. However, many other women throughout the history achieved great things that made to be of the feminine gender a bit easier.

Susan B. Anthony (1820 – 1906) was an American suffragist, and co-founder of the Women’s Temperance movement. She fought to obtain equal rights for women, and is considered to be one of the main activists who helped passing the nineteenth amendment that gave women the right to vote 16 years after her death, in 1920. She did, in fact, vote in 1876 encouraged by the fourteenth amendment that guarantees equal protection of the laws to any American citizen. She was summoned to court and fined 100 dollars for her “audacity”. The government never pushed her to pay the fine, as the trial was a great embarrassment for the administration.

Wangari Maathai (1940 – 2011) was an environmental activist who actively campaigned to bring democracy back to her country, Kenya, during the decade of the 90s. Before this, she worked at the Nairobi University, where she sought to campaign for equal benefits for the women staff. However, it was in the environmental cause were she found her passion, as she thought many economic and social problems could be solved by means of a more sustained environment.

Malala Yousafzai (1997 – present) is a spokesperson for women’s right. She’s been very critical of the Taliban and, as a result, she was shot in the head. In her home village, Talibans were limiting basic freedoms such as restricting women’s education, which Malala clearly opposed. As a consequence, she and her father began to receive death threats, which ended up in the shooting where she resulted injured.  She survived the wound and became an influencing human rights leader who, among other things,  wrote a blog for the BBC for several months in 2011. 

These three women are a couple of examples of many who sought to campaign for their sister’s rights. They made a difference in history, just as Hillary may do.

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