Samuel Adams stated “The right to freedom being the gift of the Almighty God, it is notin the power of man to alienate this gift and voluntarily become a slave.”Facing all this opposition, is it not evident the inner strength that must be present for someone to willingly give up all that they hold dear, all that they cherish, to exchangecenturies of heritage for a small band of leather. The heart of a slave is not shriveled,starved for attention, frightened by the cruel realities one must face in our world today. No, quite the contrary a slave’s heart is over flowing with honor, dedication and pride; beating strong for both slave and Master/Mistress, living every second with the fullknowledge that they are cherished and knowing well their place within this universe.Is it now possible to understand more clearly the psychological turmoil that a slave mustgo through? Is it now clearly visible that one does not enter into this devotion easily? Doyou now understand the opposition that each slave must face before they kneel for thefirst time before their owner?
Two thirds of all illiterate individuals are females. 70% of the world’s poor are women,while women represent only 1% of the worlds wealthy. Women are paid 30% to 40% lessthan male employees, even though statistics show that they work 67% of the world’sworking hours. 840 million individuals go malnourished around the world, 450 millionwomen of reproductive age are disable due to malnutrition even though women produce80% of the food in Africa and 50% of the food in South Asia.Women were not given the right to vote until the 16
amendment, which was ratified onAugust 16
1920; black men, former slaves, were given the right to vote in 1863. Womenhave been viewed as second-class citizens for centuries.Susan B. Anthony was one of the strongest advocates of Women's rights in the mid-19thcentury, and is a representative figure of this politically oriented types of feminists politics. . IN 1872 she was arrested after casting an 'illegal' vote in the presidentialelection. She was fined $100 but refused to pay. She delivered this speech in 1873.Friends and fellow citizens: I stand before you tonight under indictment for the allegedcrime of having voted at the last presidential election, without having a lawful right tovote. It shall be my work this evening to prove to you that in thus voting, I not onlycommitted no crime, but, instead, simply exercised my citizen's rights, guaranteed to meand all United States citizens by the National Constitution, beyond the power of any stateto deny.The preamble of the Federal Constitution says:"We, the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfectunion, establish justice, insure domestic tranquillity, provide for thecommon defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish thisConstitution for the United States of America."