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Activists and Reformers

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Activists and Reformers!

I cannot say whether things will get better if we change; what I can say is that they must change if they are to get better.

Georg Christoph Lichtenberg






A hundred years ago, any soapbox orator who called for women's suffrage, laws protecting the environment, an end to lynching, workers' right to form unions, a progressive income tax, a federal minimum wage, old-age insurance, the eight-hour workday and government-subsidized healthcare would be considered an impractical utopian dreamer or a dangerous socialist. Now we take these ideas for granted. The radical ideas of one generation are often the common sense of the next. When that happens, give credit to the activists and movements that fought to take those ideas from the margins to the mainstream. We all stand on the shoulders of earlier generations of radicals and reformers who challenged the status quo of their day. ~ Peter Dreier


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suffragists and Suffragettes!


If it is right for men to fight for their freedom, and God knows what the human race would be like today if men had not, since time began, fought for their freedom, then it is right for women to fight for their freedom and the freedom of the children they bear.

Emmeline Pankhurst


Extract from Wikipedia

Women's suffrage is the right of women to vote and to stand for electoral office. Limited voting rights were gained by women in Sweden, Finland and some western U.S. states in the late 19th century. In 1893, New Zealand, then a self-governing British colony, granted adult women the right to vote, and the self-governing colony of South Australia, an Australian state, did the same in 1895, the latter also permitting women to stand for office. In 1901 several British colonies became the federal Commonwealth of Australia, and women acquired the right to vote and stand in federal elections from 1902, but discriminatory restrictions against Aboriginal women (and men) voting in national elections were not completely removed until 1962.


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Social Reformers!


You ask me why I do not write something… I think one’s feelings waste themselves in words; they ought all to be distilled into actions and into actions which bring results.

Florence Nightingale

Extract from The Famous People

Social Reformers have strived to make the world a better place.A reform movement led by social activists aims to bring about a gradual change in the society by bringing about awareness about the issues in hand. Every country has its own stories about the atrocities meted out to certain segments of its population and the brave men and women who dared to question the authoritative society in their fight for their basic rights.


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Civil Rights Activists!


The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.

Martin Luther King, Jr.


Extract from Wikipedia

Civil rights include individual rights to equal protection and service, privacy, freedom of thought, freedom of expression, freedom of speech, freedom of assembly, freedom to travel, freedom of worship, protection of civil liberties, the right to vote, and the right to freely share ideas and opinions through all forms of communication and media.



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Four leaders of the Civil Rights movement Bayard Rustin, Andrew Young,James Farmer, and John Lewis in 1965.
 Four leaders of the Civil Rights movement Bayard Rustin, Andrew Young,James Farmer, and John Lewis in 1965.

Florence Kelley, American social reformer
Florence Kelley, American social reformer

Florence Nightingale Social Reformer
Florence Nightingale Social Reformer

Emmeline Pankhurst leader of the British suffragette movement
Emmeline Pankhurst leader of the British suffragette movement

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On 2 Mar 2018 at 16:58 GMT Natalie (Durbin) Trott wrote:

i added a source to the list. Great for sourcing female reformers/activists.

On 4 Mar 2015 at 10:14 GMT Paula J wrote:

Great psge, girls!!