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Upstanders, not Bystanders

For Digital Learning Day.
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Bethany Hickenbottom

on 11 February 2013

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Transcript of Upstanders, not Bystanders

Margaret Sanger So now that we know what an Upstander is... We want to take a look at a specific Upstander from history, one that would have had a much easier life if she had just kept her opinions to herself and let oppression continue. We want to show you why she was an Upstander and why that matters. Her name was Margaret Sanger, a name you may not recognize. Be an Upstander! What would life be like for women had Sanger not had the courage to stand up for their rights? Every day there are small chances that we can make a difference just by standing up. You could save a life just by saying "that isn't okay". You could literally change the world, just by voicing your opinion. So be an upstander and you can make a difference in your community. What is an Upstander? An upstander is a person that will stand up when they see something that they know is wrong. We have instances like that every day in our lives, but most of the time we end up being bystanders, just watching as injustice happens right in front of us. Instead, we need to go against the grain and speak up. Be an Upstander, not a Bystander? What does that even mean? In life, there are a lot of chances to be an upstander or a bystander. We all know what a bystander is: someone who witnesses something but does nothing about it. But before we can understand why it is important to be an upstander instead of a bystander, we have to know what an upstander actually is. A Woman's Rights Activist During a time when woman's health was an unimportant issue and women had no voice, she wrote sexual education articles that were considered blunt and inappropriate and promoted birth control. She wrote about these things in her newsletter called "The Woman Rebel." Why was she an During a time when women had no rights, this woman stood up and realized that the way women were being treated was wrong and not only advertized against it, but created a company that is still helping women today. Even almost fifty years after her death, what she did has impacted us because Planned Parenthood is still around, helping women with their health, and birth control is pretty widely used. Upstanders, not Bystanders Birth Control Clinics While she was in England, she visited birth control clinics, which were non-existent in the US at the time. She came back and opened the first birth control clinic in the United States in the Brownsville neighborhood of Brooklyn in 1916. She expanded these clinics and eventually called it "Planned Parenthood". ? "No woman can call herself free who does not own and control her body. No woman can call herself free until she can choose consciously whether she will or will not be a mother." "A free race cannot be born of slave mothers."
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