Topics: Women's suffrage, Boston Tea Party, Montgomery Bus Boycott Pages: 5 (1303 words) Published: April 19, 2015
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Diversity Remodeling the World
Since the beginning of time, people have learned to follow the rules and change themselves to become one with the rest of society. However, as time went by, individuals discovered they preferred being nonconformist. Nonconformity is when individuals refuse to live up to the same set of rules and in turn become independent. Conformity, on the other hand, is when people in a society attain to the same standards and attitudes. People should not conform to society because individuals feel more motivation to succeed and feel pride in their actions when they know they were able to prosper on their own.

Nonconformity is driving today’s society because it provides individuals with a strong motivation to succeed. Susan B. Anthony was a civil rights activist who sought equality for women. Her campaigning all began when “male hostility to her temperance efforts convinced her that women must win the right to speak in public and to vote before anything else could be accomplished” (Susan, 1). The rudeness she received from men made her realize that women needed a voice. As a nonconformist, Anthony went against the idea that women should be stay at home wives and pushed for the Women’s Suffrage Movement. She organized the Women’s National Loyal League to force amendments for women. She became the first women to vote, but was arrested for her offensive action. This didn’t stop her though; this only encouraged her. She spent the rest of her life fighting. Another clear, vivid example of nonconformity pushing people to prevail is the story of the first female doctor in America, Elizabeth Blackwell. Blackwell found medicine fascinating but in the 1800s the “idea of a woman applying to medical

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school was completely preposterous” (Elizabeth, 1). After seventeen rejections, she applied to Geneva Medical College. They “believed Blackwell’s application to be a joke” (Elizabeth, 1) and “in the spirit of good humor, the faculty went along with the joke by voting ‘yes’. Blackwell became “the first woman in America ever to attend medical school” (Elizabeth 1-2). Even though she was accepted into the college, the sexism wasn’t over, the males at her school constantly mocked her and socially isolated her, but she persisted and graduated at the top of her class. After being denied employment at several places, she was determined to triumph and opened up her own practice. Blackwell continued to flourish as she founded Women’s Medical College designed to provide medical training for women. Scorned and ridiculed early in life, Blackwell never gave up and in turn became a prosperous woman. In addition to nonconformist feeling ambition to succeed, such as the leader of the Women Suffrage Movement and the first female doctor in the U.S., they also feel a special kind of pride in their actions. Nonconformity has been present in society for years because once people complete their grand action, they feel satisfaction for fighting for what they believe in. Civil rights activist, Rosa Parks, is famous for her boldness “when she refused to give up her seat on a bus to a white man” (Rosa, 1). She lived a tough life growing up with separated parents and little education but that didn’t stop her from becoming an inspirational woman. As she grew up, she was involved in many organizations that helped blacks gain equality and eventually became a symbol of the Civil Rights Movement. After refusing to give up her seat, Parks was sent to jail for challenging the law, however she sparked the Montgomery Bus Boycott that led the Supreme Court to declare bus segregation illegal. Although she lived a difficult life, Parks was honored to have lived an important life that conducted change on the nation. Next, examine the pride Boston citizens felt

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when they rejected the British law on December 16, 1773. The Townshend Act had placed preposterous taxes on tea which caused furious Boston residents to organize...

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