Research paper: The suffrage movement for women’s voting rights

The right to vote is one of our most precious civil rights. Now, a new film tells the story of how women gained that right in England and set the example for women in the U.S. On October 23, 2015, the film Suffragette opened in U.S. theaters. Starring Carey Mulligan and Meryl Streep, Suffragette tells the true story of how women from all strata of English society became radicalized in order to gain the right to vote.

Find out more about the women's suffrage movement. (Credit: YouTube)

Find out more about the women’s suffrage movement. (Credit: YouTube)

It was a time when the traditional role of women was that of wife and mother. Every aspect of their lives was subject to the rule of men. In the film we see how members of the women’s suffrage movement risked everything to achieve an equal place at the table of democracy. Read more

Research topics: Civil rights leaders around the world in the 19th and 20th centuries

Civil rights movement in South Africa.

Civil rights movement in South Africa.

During this Black History Month, focus is on the Civil Rights leaders in the American South. But the struggle for civil rights is fought by many people in many countries worldwide, from Nelson Mandela in South Africa to Mahatma Gandhi in India to Aung San Suu Kyi in Myanmar. Here is only a sample of the people who fought for civil rights around the world in the 19th and 20th centuries.

Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela (1918 – 2013) is one of the most renowned civil rights leaders in the world. In South Africa he campaigned for the end of apartheid, the government mandate that segregated blacks and whites. Read more

Honoring heroes, creating social change for Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Martin Luther King Monument

Martin Luther King Jr. Monument

Since 1986, the U.S. federal government has observed a national holiday in honor of Martin Luther King Jr., the civil rights activist whose nonviolent message and words of hope helped to create a vision for a future of racial equality. Martin Luther King Jr. also advocated for social change and justice, and a great number of people list him among their heroes. In 2011, the Martin Luther King Memorial monument was erected on the Washington National Mall.

Since their establishment, some have wondered: does a holiday or a monument honor King’s legacy, or undermine his message by normalizing it? And just how do people identify heroes? Read more

Human rights, humanitarianism and civil society: Free research for Universal Human Rights Month

Human Rights MonthFrom the fight against segregation to the pursuit for equal LGBT marriage rights, human rights has come a long way over the years not just in the United States, but throughout the world. In honor of Universal Human Rights Month, we at Questia, the premier online research and paper-writing tool for students, are making the below books on human rights topics free through the month of December. Read more