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Throughout the ages many females have helped make changes that have helped benefit woman Many have been looked up to as martyrs for taking a stand in what they believe in Susan B Anthony and the character Antigone from the Greek tragedy The Oedipus Cycle by Sophocles both were two courageous woman During their time they defied the idea of women and helped them step forth and fight for equality These two women lived in a male dominant society filled with sexism Antigone is widely thought of as a tragic hero and martyr She was a young princess who faced many hardships in her life She was cursed with being the daughter of Oedipus the king that fulfilled his oracle of killing his father and marrying his mother and caused a plague on Thebes She later defies King Creon of his cruel judgment forbidding the burial of her brother Polynieces who attempt to gain the crown from his brother Eteocles Antigone fights for her belief that her brother deserves a burial and preaches the Gods law Against the pleas of her weak sister Ismene and her fianc Haimon she stands up to the government She seems to fit the part in light of the fact that she is executed for doing what she feels is right According to Hathom she Takes into consideration death and the reality that may be beyond death Antigone did not fear the authority and believed in the law of the Gods Susan B Anthony was a liberal Quaker and dedicated basic activist She opposed the use of liquor and advocated the immediate end to slavery During the American Civil War she founded the Womens Loyal League to fight for liberation of the slaves After the end of Reconstruction she protested the violence inflicted on blacks and was one of the few to urge full participation of blacks in the suffrage movement In 1851 her work for womens
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