In the 1800’s, representation among women was rare and not necessarily a cherished thing. In a time where women were just starting to recognize their capabilities, and men started to cling desperately to their power, Ms. Clarissa Harlowe Barton, or “Clara,” as she preferred to be called, emerged as a beacon of hope, love, and devotion (Redcross). Throughout her lengthy life, Clara Barton worked toward the admirable goal of changing the world and healing all those who needed it. Clara Barton helped to shape the history, and unforetold future of America, by founding the American Red Cross, helping those in need to the best of her ability, and remaining today as an astounding symbol of female empowerment. Ms. Barton was born in 1821 on Christmas Day – perhaps she was a gift to mankind as a whole (Biography).
Clara Barton was born December 25, 1821 in Oxford Massachusetts. She was the youngest of her 4 siblings in a middle class family, Clara was home schooled until the age of 15, where she excelled in academics before she became a teacher at 17. When Clara was 10 her brother david became ill, Clara nursed him back to health for 2 years after medical doctors gave up this is where she learned her medical beginings. One of the most earliest accomplishments of Clara Barton was to aid the underprivileged kids of her neighborhood by opening a free school in Bordentown, New Jersey.” She started the program in 1852 with six children and very little else, by 1853 there were over 600 children in the program, receiving lessons from teachers housed in locations all over the city”. (http://bordentownhistory.org/) When Clara was unable to run her own school because she was not a man she quit teaching at the school she created and continued to accomplish greater things.
Susan B. Anthony Susan Brownell Anthony was considered one of the first women activist. She fought for the abolition of slavery, African American rights, labor rights and women’s rights. Susan Anthony fought for women’s rights by speaking up and campaigning for women and serval others around the United States. She devoted her time and attention on the needs of women. Ms. Anthony helped reform the law to benefit women and improve our conditions, and encouraged the eliminations of laws that only benefited the men of our country.
Born on February 15, 1820 amidst a patriarchal society, Anthony devoted her entire life to fight for women’s suffrage movement in the late 19th century. An American civil rights leader who believed in the equal power between men and women, she not only fought against gender discrimination, but also propelled the world to acknowledge women’s rights (Wikipedia, “Susan B. Anthony”). Anthony demonstrated many characteristics of self-actualization throughout her life. Raised with a religious upbringing in a Quaker family, she and her family lived the controversial eras of slavery, worker’s unions, and temperance movements. Unlike many other slaves or lower class citizens of her time, her biological and safety/security needs had been fulfilled, allowing her to devote herself to broad social problems as her mission in life.
Clara was homeschooled until she was 15 and when she was 17, was hired as a teacher for small children. After a few years of teaching at the public school in her hometown, Barton moved to Bordentown, New Jersey. She taught in a private school, and soon founded and became the superintendent of the first Bordentown public school. She built the school to give an education to the hundreds of children too poor to afford private school. Soon after the school board replaced Clara as superintendent with a man when it was "determined that the school should be headed by a man, not a woman" (Lewis, "Clara Barton Biography").
During World War 1 women played a major role in helping with the war effort. Although wars are considered a man's business; this is untrue due to the fact that without women the war would not have been able to proceed in success for the US. Women helped in many departments such as helping aid soldiers overseas by becoming nurses. They enlisted into the war, and lastly managed the businesses and jobs while the men were away fighting. This was an important time in history for women by proving that they can take over the men's jobs and do more than house hold work and taking care of the children.
Clara Barton is a very important health pioneer. Clara Barton started the Red Cross in America which is still in operation today. She overcame many obstacles throughout her life and many people telling her she couldn’t do it. She is an inspiration to everyone. She grew up and her life began in North Oxford, Massachusetts, she was inspired by Florence Nightingale, she helped during and after wars, she helped with her ill family and battled her own depression, she started the Red Cross after much hard work and even after all that resigned and still made an impact (Cobb, 2014).
Decisions made to the boycott of British goods would not have been possible if the women had not created a different alternative for the imported goods. The Daughters of Liberty were working all day and night to prove their commitment to "the cause of liberty and industry". The daughters of liberty were one of the many groups of women who fought for woman's equality and supported the soldiers during the American Revolution.
From birth, women were looked upon as possessions, first their father's, then their husband's. Their 'guardians' also kept all their lan... ... middle of paper ... ...te in 1918, but it was only for over 30's, which was disappointing, but still a huge improvement. The war had a vast impact on people's perception of women. Locally, every woman who got an unconventional job influenced others around her and changed their usual attitudes and feelings. Nationally, the changes that occurred when the Suffragettes adjusted their tactics to help their own cause and the war effort, affected the entire country by demonstrating that women were conscientious and reliable, and they did in fact deserve the right to vote.
Women became an essential part of the Civil War. They took roles as nurses, spies, and even soldiers. Dorothea Lynde Dix (1802-1887) was an author, teacher, and a reformer. As a reformer, Dix created dozens of institutions for prisoners and mentally ill in the United States and Europe. She greatly helped improve the common people’s perception of these populations.