Equal rights, equal pay, equal education is what every human being should be entitled to, regardless of your religion, ethnicity or gender. The world situation currently is a lot better than what it used to be, and we have and there are many individuals to thank for it.
Susan B Anthony (1820 – 1906) fought for women’s right to vote and fought against slavery from the young age of 17 in the United States. Along with her friend, they founded the New York Women’s State Temperance Society in 1852 and later became the state agent in New York for the American Anti-Slavery Society in 1856. Anthony certainly left a mark on the women’s rights and the Nineteenth Amendment was very popularly known as the Susan B Anthony Amendment which gave the right for voting rights for women.
Martin Luther King Jr. (1929 – 1968) was another popular figure in history. He played a role in the Civil Rights Movement and implemented tactics inspired by Mahatma Gandhi of nonviolence and civil disobedience. He was the founder and first president of the Southern Christian Leadership and it was in 1963 during March of Washington that he delivered his well-known speech ‘I Have a Dream’.
The following year he was awarded with the Nobel Peace Prize for using nonviolent resistance to combat racial inequality. He was admired for his compassion and dream to bring the people of America together through the power of love.
Another current icon is Oprah Winfrey (1958 – present). She is the chairman and CEO of the Oprah Winfrey Network, an author and an actress. She was ranked as one of the most influential women in the world by the Daily Telegraph and received the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barrack Obama. She is involved in a lot of charity work like a majority of celebrities such as Angelina Jolie, Bill Gates, Gina Rinehart etc. and visits and donates to orphanages.
Winfrey keeps a good image of herself and documents what she does on her social media platforms. The Gina Rhinehart gallery also consists of pictures that document events on Rinehart’s website. There is also a theory called the ‘Oprah Effects’ named after Winfrey, which states that her endorsements and opinions have influenced public opinion, namely on consumer purchasing choices.
It is individuals like them that we need in our current time. Those who fight for individuals who are treated unfairly and discriminated, for anyone or anything thing that needs standing up for, to make the world a better place to live in.