Once upon a time in a far land, somewhere in the world, there was a nice and quiet woman that had no idea she was about to do something amazing. One day, this woman named Rosa was simply taking the bus home, as usual, and she was shyly sitting on her seat. When there were no seats left on the bus, the driver asked her to give up her seat for an other passenger…The woman thought to herself “why should I move?”. She didn’t move; she didn’t argued or protest, even when she was arrested. It seems that at the time, for some strange reason, strict laws kept people like her separate from others. Moreover, one law said that if a bus got busy, people like her had to give up their seats and she knew those rules were wrong and unfair. News of the lady’s arrest spread quickly. Soon other people like her decided to stop using buses until the law was changed. When the nice lady refused to move she took an important step towards making the lives of people equal.

Do you think it’s a simple children fairytale? Do you think it couldn’t happen in the real world? You’re wrong! It’s the real story of an extraordinary woman, Rosa Parks, an African-American civil rights activist, whom the U.S. Congress called “the first lady of civil rights”, and “the mother of the freedom movement”. She was born in the small town of Tuskegee, Alabama in 1913 and she was a sympathizer with Marcus Garvey’s Universal Association for the Improvement of Blacks.

On December 1, 1955 in Montgomery, Alabama, Parks refused to obey bus driver James Blake’s order to give up her seat to make room for a white passenger. Parks’ act of defiance became an important symbol of the modern Civil Rights Movement  and she became an international icon of resistance to racial segregation.   

Who can regret the importance of women in our every day life? Women help not only with the housework but, what is even more important, they help also in the progress of countries. Lots of them have reached a high place in all fields: politics, business, sport, art, literature, etc. To name just a few: Rita Levi Montalcini, Margaret Thatcher, Angela Merkel, Fiona May, Virginia Woolf… 

The list is long and our nice lady, Rosa Parks is, no doubt, one of the women who made history and changed the world. 

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