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"In her 50 years as a reformer, Susan B. Anthony championed many causes, including the abolishment of slavery and equality for all. But it was her tireless work as an organizer and inspirational speaker for women's rights for which she is best known. She was convinced that truly equal opportunities for women could not be realized until women gained the right to vote. Twenty years after she resigned as president of the National American Woman Suffrage Association, and fourteen years after her death, the 19th Amendment was ratified, giving women the right to vote."
In fact, the entire women's movement arose from the abolitionist movement, which makes a lot of sense when you think about it. Susan B. Anthony is one of my heroes; here's a post I wrote about her and Elizabeth Cady Stanton for International Women's Day two years ago: http://coachlisab.blogspot.com/2007/03/international-womens-day-little-late.html.
We should never take for granted the human and civil rights we have today because of the hard work of women and men from past generations. And the fight is not over; people still struggle around the world for basic rights.
How do these advocates make change happen? By speaking out! By using their voices to educate, inform and persuade. By learning how to reach their audiences on an emotional level that motivates them to take action.
And it's not just in front of large audiences that we can effect positive change with our voices. When you hear an offensive comment, do you say something or do you let it go, embarrassed to speak up and confront the person? Change happens one person at a time. Using your voice to make the world a better place is one of the most generous and satisfying ways you can contribute to change.
What would you like to see improved in your community, your state, your country, your universe? Maybe you should consider doing something about it! Speak up!