Speech Comparing Aung San Suu Kyi and Emma Goldman

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Of all the countless speeches recorded throughout time, only a select few have withstood the test of time, their original contexts and political battles continuing to maintain relevance today. Aung San Suu Kyi and Emma Goldman’s empowering speeches have spanned across decades, united in their aim to draw attention to a lack of freedom, justice and democratic rights their outspoken ideas and reception remain relevant within our changing society regardless of altering values. After living through the most unstable times in Burmese history, Suu Kyi was put under house arrest for six years in 1989 by the State Law and Order Restoration Council of Burma for her fight for democracy and freedom of the Burmese people. In this political turmoil, Suu Kyi delivered her 1995 speech Keynote address at the Beijing world conference on woman by videotape, for she feared that if she went to Beijing she would not be allowed to return to her home country and fight for its freedom. Emma Goldman’s speech of 1917 “The political criminal of today must needs be the saint of the new age” was received at a time when her insistence on challenging the conventions made her seem a dangerous rebel and a threat to the order in society. Her being an Anarchist and a Russian immigrant made for a lack of acceptance and she was not considered equal among American people. In Aung San Suu Kyi’s speech in China, she speaks with deep conviction regarding the lack of freedom that women suffer. Her speech focuses on the role of women in government, society and politics to “struggle for justice and peace” in the world. She expresses her belief that this role should be centred on the biological qualities woman possess and their dedication to “nurturing, protecting and caring for the young and the old.” Emma Goldman also deals with this issue when she delivered her speech to a jury consisting entirely of men. The discrimination that these two women discuss exemplifies women across the world, continuously...
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