How Did Helen Keller Contribute To Women's Rights

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In addition, Helen Keller created more opportunities for women by advocating for their rights. During Helen Keller’s time, women were not granted the suffrage, known as the right to vote. Keller along with other women suffragists fought for the right to vote. Many people thought that women should not be educated or have the right to vote because they would be able to think for themselves, but Helen Keller fought that belief (MacLeod 20). Along with women’s suffragist, Keller also believed in socialism. Keller believed in socialism because it would bring equality for everyone (Berne 74). She thought that giving everyone the right to vote, regardless of gender, would be a step towards equality. For all of Keller’s work for women, she is honored…show more content…
Keller visited South Africa during her world travels to help end the apartheid. She visited 35 different countries, including Syria, Jordan, Egypt, Lebanon, Australia, and Japan and countries in Latin America (Nicholson 86). She helped people of color, many of whom were disabled, who were discriminated against and neglected because of their skin color. Keller joined the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and a $100 donation and letter of support. The National Association of Colored People at the time was a controversial and newer organization that fought against black lynchings and discrimination when people applied for jobs. Keller was published in the organization’s newspaper, The Crisis (Dreier). W.E.B. Du Bois, a well-known American civil rights activist and cofounder of the NAACP, published news of Keller’s donation and her letter of support to the organization in The Crisis. In conclusion, Helen Keller impacted the lives of racial minorities greatly by speaking out against injustices that they faced…show more content…
For example, Keller was against armies and navies because she did not want to promote violence, but instead, peaceful relations with other countries. Keller believed the government intended to protect the capital of America when it goes to war, not protecting the people. Helen Keller said, “Strike against preparedness that means death and misery to millions of human beings! Be not dumb, obedient slaves in an army of destruction! ” (Drier). She believed that the people should fight against war because they only bring death and misery. Instead of war, people should work out conflicts peacefully to move forward. Furthermore, Keller wrote a letter to Eugene Debs, a member of the Socialist Party who was sentenced to jail for promoting resisting drafting during WWI. Keller wrote, “I want you to know that I should be proud if the Supreme Court convicted me of abhorring war, and doing all in my power to oppose it” (Drier). This shows that Helen Keller was devoted to her beliefs of opposition of war and she would fight for her beliefs no matter the consequences. In summary, Keller impacted the world of politics by advocating peace and opposing
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