1. The poem, “Equality (He For She)”, makes it clear that male and female are one in the world and that they shouldn’t be treated differently. No gender is “better” than the other nor should they receive more rights and privilege than the other. For there to be equality within genders, people must take the initiative and take a stand for a change to really take action. Also, both male and female must join together instead of fighting with one another. The line, “Equality is not a privilege but a human right”, shows how a certain gender shouldn’t have to fights for equality, but, it should be a human right. 2. In “To Kill A Mockingbird”, Calpurnia took a stand for Walter Cunningham when Scout was commenting on the way he ate. Calpurnia said, "There's some folks who don't eat like us, . . . but you ain't called on to contradict 'em at the table.” Clearly, Scout is ignorant and Calpurnia must explain to her that not everyone acts and eats the same way that she does because they aren’t all raised the same. In this case, Walter was raised a lot different compared to Scout and she didn’t know that. Calpurnia took a stand for Walter when she knew that he needed it and she explained a very important lesson to Scout. This lesson can be carried on into Scout’s future because she will definitely need it someday when someone else isn’t there to correct her mistakes.
1. This photo demonstrates how women were discriminated against for many, many years. Women were unable to do many of the things that men were able to do, such as, voting, owning property, having certain jobs, and getting a proper education. Many women, including the ones in this photo, have fought for their rights and equality and will continue to until they receive it. They were determined to achieve their goals and wouldn’t let any man stand in their way. It was important for women to take a stand because without sticking up for themselves and other women all around the world, it would still be an issue to this day. Although both male and female aren’t completely equal today, these peaceful protests have improved our way of living and if it continues, we will soon have equality. They formed the base for the women’s rights movement. 2. In the novel To Kill A Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, the main character, Scout Finch faces situations where, because she is a girl, she is unable to do certain things and play certain games. Although Scout was a little bit of a tomboy, her older brother Jem still considered her a “young, immature little girl” and didn’t allow her to play with him or Dill. Jem told her ‘"Scout, I'm tellin' you for the last time, shut your trap or go home—I declare to the Lord you're gettin' more like a girl every day!" With that, I had no option but to join them.” As Scout began to grow up in more of a mature young lady, Jem didn’t like how she started to act like one as well. He acted like calling her a “girl” was offensive but Scout decided she should stand up for herself. Even though he didn’t want her there, she stayed anyway because being called a “girl” doesn’t affect her.
1. Malala Yousafzai did not live the life that many other young girls lived. As a young girl, Malala disliked the Taliban and fought for the rights of girls who wanted - and should be allowed to - receive an education. Since most other people in Pakistan were too scared to speak up, Malala brought it upon herself to take a stand. Unfortunately, in 2012, Malala was riding the bus home from school with a few of her friends when a gunman boarded the bus and shot Malala in the head. Luckily, after she was quickly flown to a military hospital, she survived. Although, she did have to sacrifice a portion of her skull in order to properly recover. This shooting resulted in a huge amount of support for Yousafzai, although she is still a target for the Taliban. Despite all of this havoc, the shooting didn’t have an effect on Malala’s goal. She still fought for the power of an education for women, regardless of the fact that she is still a target for the Taliban. In October of 2014, Malala became the youngest person ever to receive the Nobel Peace Prize because of her perseverance. Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said, “She is (the) pride of Pakistan, she has made her countrymen proud. Her achievement is unparalleled and unequaled. Girls and boys of the world should take lead from her struggle and commitment." Overall, Malala Yousafzai changed the lives of people all around the worlds, simply because she was brave enough to take a stand. 2. In “To Kill a Mockingbird”, Scout also fought for others like Malala. Specifically, for Walter Cunningham when he is questioned by Miss Caroline because he doesn’t have a lunch. She offers him a quarter and says that he can just pay her back tomorrow. Little does she know that Walter doesn't have a quarter to pay her back. Walter was too nervous to stick up for himself, just like everyone else in Malala’s town. This is when brave people like Scout and Malala must take a stand, which they did. Scout stood up for Walter and Malala stood up for women and their right to get an education.
1. This recent article is about a Women’s March that took place this year in Manhattan, NY. Over 120,000 men and women gathered together to protest for women’s rights. Not only did this march take place in New York, but, in many other places all throughout the country as well. These groups came together, protesting mainly for equal rights in pay and health care for both men and women, but there were also other things as well. It is important that thousands of men also believe the equality is important for women as well and they can too help come together to take a stand. By keeping all genders equal, the world will become a much more peaceful place that humans will want to both take care of and live in. 2. In “To Kill A Mockingbird”, Atticus must take a stand for Calpurnia after she is almost fired by Aunt Alexandra. Again, it is very important for men to stand for women's rights as well, as he knows that Calpurnia has the right to work for him and his family, no matter what her race is. He says to Aunt Alexandra, "Calpurnia's not leaving this house until she wants to.” Although Aunt Alexandra believes she should be fired because she doesn’t deserve to work for the Finches, but Atticus thinks otherwise.