In the 1860s, the United States was just adjusting to the end of the Civil War and African Americans were free but not treated equally. In addition, women were second-class citizens. Therefore, Cole had to ignore and persist through set stereotypes and boundaries to achieve her goal. Cole continued to practice medicine for fifty years until her death on August 14, 1922. She is buried at Eden’s Cemetery in Collingdale,
She married Oscar Chopin when she was young and had six children in under ten years (Baym and Levine 420). Her husband died when their children were still young, and Kate shortly returned to her childhood home with her children and her husband’s considerable debt. She was fascinated by early feminist ideas and society commentary, and wrote about women and social issues to a great extent. The vast majority of her writing related to her life and the society and region in which she lived. She was also deeply influenced by French authors and social ideologies (Baym and Levine 421).
Wells. Wells was born as a slave and gained her freedom following the aftermaths of the civil war. She became actively involved in social reform particularly civil rights and women’s rights. Like DuBois, Wells was able to attend university but due to family complications and her race she had to quit early. Becoming a schoolteacher, Ida Wells became active in reform when she pointed out the pay discrepancy between female white teachers ($80) and female african american teachers ($30).
Corrie ten Boom Helping Jews hide during World War II A well known activist who helped save nearly 800 Jews, Cornelia Johanna Arnolda ten Boom was an inspiration to help others in need, but she has done so much more. Corrie ten Boom has showed Americans that everyone matters and nobody should have to hide. Everyone should be able to live a normal life out in the open. She left a lasting legacy as a very caring person who was willing to help anyone. The beginning of ten Boom’s life started out in the Netherlands when she was born on April 15, 1892.
It was stated by Louis E. Martin upon her death that “She gave out faith and hope as if they were pills and she some sort of doctor.” As an educator and a social worker Bethune dedicated her life as a public servant to better the lives of others. She served as the first African American woman to serve in a president cabinet and through her years of public services she worked with four presidents. Through those connections she was able to influence decision that affected the great good of all. Bethune diverse government and organizational service inspired a new generation of women civil rights leaders. Bethune sums it up in her pledge of the National Council of Negro Women “It is our pledge to make a lasting contribution to all that is finest and best in America, to cherish and enrich her heritage of freedom and progress by working for the integration of all her people regardless of race, creed, or national origin, into her spiritual, social, cultural, civic, and economic life, and thus aid her to achieve the glorious destiny of a true and unfettered democracy.”— Founder Mary McLeod Bethune's Pledge for
She was particularly well acquainted with the pain of separation from loved ones. When she young, her family returned to America for furlough, after which her father sailed back to India alone. He was joined by his mother two years later, leaving Ida under the care of her relatives in Chicago. According to her biographer, it was a traumatic time. “The memory of that night could still bring a stabbing pain.
Harriet was a bondwoman who escaped from slavery in Maryland in 1849 to become a leading abolitionist. Her goodness of heart is clearly seen after escaping from slavery, where instead of fleeing to seek greener pastures she goes back to save her family from slavery. What totally convince me is that she was good is when she went back to rescue those who were not her relatives. She led hundred to freedom in the North as the most famous conductor on the Underground Railroad, an elaborate secret network of safe house organized for that purpose (Biography.com Editors, n.d). Harriet led an extraordinary life; she
She took her first flight lesson there and she instantly knew that’s what she wanted to do. She was very known for supporting women’s rights and how they should be able to do whatever they are passionate about and not let “social norms” define who they want to be. She inspired so many women and now there are women who would do a so called “man’s job.” “In 1932, Earhart became the first women (and second person after Charles Lindbergh) to fly across the Atlantic Ocean.”
How far would you go to save someone’s life? During World War II, Irena Sendler, a polish social worker risked her life againnd again saving the lives of children from the Warsaw ghetto. She saved at least 2,500 children during the Nazi occupation of Poland. She did this for one reason only, to help others. Irena is quoted as saying “If someone is drowning, you have to give them your hand.
Kate Chopin is the author of “Désirée’s Baby.” Chopin was born in St. Louis, Missouri but later on in life she moved to New Orleans, Louisiana. Chopin was raised by her mother only after her father passed away. Once she left Louisiana and moved back to Missouri, she started to write some stories about people she knew back in Louisiana. This particular narrative she wrote focused on the importance of race and how it can impact people’s lives. The significance of ethnicity has always been a popular issue.