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Myths and Horoes: To what extent women became heroes and how their fight's conditions evolved?

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Myths and Heroes:

I’m going to deal with the notion of myths and heroes but first of all, I would like to define the notion. A myth can be defined as a story about gods or heroes, it can be a popular belief or a tradition or a false notion. A hero can be a mythological figure, a person who is admired for his or her achievements, a superhero or maybe a role model or an icon. To illustrate the notion, I’m going to talk about special women, who led some fights to change some aspects of our daily life and make us live in better conditions. We may wonder to what extend women became heroes and how their fight’s conditions evolved? First of all I will talk about women’s fight in the 20th century, then I’ll explain how women’s fights in the 21th century became easier for them.

First and foremost, women fought for their rights, making history. That’s why we studied a video about Rosa Parks, known as the one who refused to give her sit in a segregated bus on March 2nd, 1955 in Montgomery, Alabama. In the 1950's, the American South was segregated and black people couldn't go to white schools, restaurants or cinemas, even public toilets, water fountains and separate sections on buses and trains.

Then Supreme Court decided that segregated buses were illegal. On the 21 December 1956, black people started taking the buses again, because they didn't have to sit in the back of the bus anymore. Then she became a pioneer of the civil rights movement in the United States, helped by Martin Luther King, Rosa Parks was an activists of the NAACP, the Black American emancipation movement. Martin Luther King and local NAACP officials organized a county bus boycott campaign that will last more than a year. Martin Luther King thus inaugurated the nonviolent actions that will characterize the modes of political intervention. A year later, the Supreme Court overturned the segregation laws applied to transportation in Montgomery County. We can conclude that Rosa Parks was and will remain a respected heroine

Moreover, women carry over, ruling their fights in better conditions thank to social networks’ development. They can achieve their goals while being encouraged by supporters.

I would like to talk about a woman who led her fight in policy too; Malala Yousafzai is a Pakistan activist during Taliban’s control over the country. Taliban began attacking girls’ schools. To share her condolence and her will of revolt, Malala gave a speech to denounce their boldness of taking away a basic right to education. Thereafter, she began blogging for BBC, that’s how she had a growing public platform. In 2011, she was awarded Pakistan’s National Youth Peace Prize, making her targeted by Taliban. In 2012, she was shot in the left side of her head but fortunately she recovered. At the age of 17, she received the Nobel Peace Prize and became the youngest person who ever got rewarded a Nobel Prize. That’s how the 12th July, became Malala’s Day. As an adult she opened for Syrian refugee girls in Lebanon covered by the Malala fund. We can finally say that she was an afghan warrior who fought for freedom and for girl’s education against Taliban’s.

Moreover, we talk about Oprah Winfrey. She grew up in a working class family. Her life was a nightmare. She has been raped several times so she tried to run away from home. She began to steal, lie, then she had to move in with her father and started a completely, different and strict life. After a necessary education, she succeeded in school and won several prizes for her speeches. At the age of 17 she won a beauty contest and was offered a job at a radio station, then more jobs on TV. Oprah’s career really took off with the morning show ‘AM Chicago’ which was later renamed ‘The Oprah Winfrey Show’. Nowadays, Oprah Winfrey is one of the most famous women worldwide and the richest black woman in the United States. She is helping many charities, she is considered as a philanthropist. She really shows people that the American dream is alive because Oprah Winfrey herself can be seen as a living example of the American dream; she is a heroin because she powers the American dream.


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