Double Bio Suffrage Woman in leadership

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Nghia Nguyen Dr. Barbara Presnall Women and Leadership Suffrage Double Bio: Irish activist and writer Annie Wood Besant and American suffragist leader and women’s right activist Lucy Burns. The mid 19 th century and early 20 th century experienced many women’s movements claim higher position in society and change in government. Around 1880’s, women started achieving professional, legal, and educational equality with men. Most women was generally educated up to secondary school, higher education was also increasing available for women. Women’s role and the attitude toward women changed constantly during this period. To have these well results, many many women around the world had stood up and fight unrestlessly, for women and for a better society. Women’s movement was probably strongest in Britain and U.S. due to the stable and developed Democracy in these two countries. Among those, Annie Wood Besant, a British activist and Lucy Burns, an American suffragist leader stood out all, played a leading role to shape the women’s movement during late 19 th and early 20 th century. Annie Wood Besant was born in 1847. Her father was a doctor, died when she was only five years old. Her mother, Mrs. Wood, was unable to care for Annie and she persuaded her friend, Ellen Marryat, to take responsibility to raise Annie. In 1866 Annie married Rev. Frank Besant, a young clergyman. She had two children when she was twenty-three. However, Annie was very unhappy, due to her independent sprit conflicted with the traditional views of her husband. When Annie refused to attend communion, Frank Besant ordered her to leave the family home. After leaving her
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husband she rejected Christianity and in 1874 joined the Secular Society. Her destiny came when she met Charles Bradlaugh, editor of the radical National Reformer and leader of the secular movement in Britain, they soon developed a close relationship. Charles Bradlaugh gave Annie a job working for the National Reformer and during this time she wrote many articles on issues such as marriage and women's rights. In 1877 Annie Besant and Charles Bradlaugh decided to publish The Fruits of
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