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Ruth Winifred Brown and Abigail Hopper Gibbons

by Rose from Sheridan Tech

Women have had a great impact on history. From Rosa Parks to Madame CJ Walker to even Harriet Tubman. Throughout the years women have always had to prove themselves to society. Even today men are still seen as the dominant and head of the household. First, it was the fact that women cannot do the job of men. But when all the men were going off to war women had to take on the jobs of men and always succeeded. Nevertheless, women were never equal to men. Two women in particular inspired me Ruth Winifred Brown and Abigail Hopper Gibbons.

Ruth Winifred Brown was born July 26, 1891. She was an American librarian and activist. She was one of the first African American women to earn a PH.D in psychology. She was also into social work and education. Ruth had accomplished lots in her life. She was very into teaching others and clinical education. She was also into research and learning new things. She traveled a lot within the clinical industries with terms of jobs. "Howard decided to conduct a nature-nurture study by tracking the development of sets of triplets, which offered the possibility of comparing three people from three different eggs, three people from the same egg, and two people from one egg and one person from another. Data was based on 229 sets of triplets, though Howard had personal contact with 29 sets for whom more detailed study was possible." (Source: http://www.feministvoices.com/ruth-howard/ )

Abigail Hopper Gibbons was also an activist and an American social reformer. Abigail was born in a Quaker family which means she doesn't condone violence. Her family were active abolitionists and leading members of the Manhattan Anti-Slavery Society, and their home became a refuge for runaway slaves. Abigail was very into helping the poor. She participated in many organizations that helped the poor or provided for them. Charities and societies she created for the poor, especially retired war soldiers.

I decided to pick these two ladies because they reminded me of myself. I am a very strong minded mixed individual. Abigail relates to me with her charity work because sometimes I go to the jubilee center and volunteer or I go to foster homes and volunteer - not for volunteer hours but just because I enjoy helping others. I also aspire to be like Ruth being one of the first African Americans to get a PH.D in her field. I aspire to be a prosecutor. To be like her I want to be the best that I can be.

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