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New Year's resolution: be a one-girl revolution

Kate Bryan

“Well-behaved women seldom make history.” – Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

These words are continuously squandered by pro-abortion feminists, who consider these words to mean that they should behave badly and destroy their lives with birth control, promiscuity, and abortion.

While these words could be used for good and promote true rebellion and defiance against the wars on women and their bodies, abortion activists have exploited the phrase to push their agenda on the public. (And if you disagree with them, you are anti-woman.)

I spent some time perusing blog posts and discussion boards that featured this quote, and unsurprisingly it was a lot of ‘make love, not babies’, support abortion-giant Planned Parenthood, and a great deal of pro-abortion propaganda.

Many pro-abortionists would see Sandra Fluke as the embodiment of Ulrich’s quote. They glorify stars like Scarlett Johansson or Gwyneth Paltrow, they each recorded PSA’s in support of Planned Parenthood during the defunding battle in 2011.

These same pro-abortion feminists fervently applauded comedian Chelsea Handler, when she laughed about the abortion she had at 16, while appearing on Conan O’Brien’s television show.

These pro-abortion advocates and their Hollywood idols are not the embodiment of this quote, nor are they apart of any revolution. They are posers. Fakes. They are the aiding and abetting the secular world’s war on women.

I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to be the false embodiment of this quote, I want to be a real one-girl revolution.

Rebellion is the defiance or resistance of the status quo. And that’s exactly what feminist’s throughout history embodied. They were one-girl revolutions.  When no one seemed to care, they stood in front of the masses, to fight for the rights of women and to speak out on behalf of the dignity of every human being.

Renowned feminist Susan B. Anthony fought for the rights of women and the dignity of every human person, after developing a strong moral zeal and passion for justice early on in her life. She was the proprietor of the feminist magazine Revolution, in which she wrote in favor of equality for women, yet was vehemently outspoken against abortion, even calling it “child murder.”

This is what a true feminist looks like. Susan B. Anthony was a one-girl revolution. 

Alice Paul, the author of the original 1923 Equal Rights Amendment, is another prime example of what true feminism looks like. She was the architect of some of the most prominent political achievements on behalf of women in the 1920’s and believed “abortion is the ultimate exploitation of women.”

This was a woman who fought for freedom and truth, and recognized that every life is sacred. She was a true feminist.

If you read about the architects of feminism through the years, the women that Laurel Thatcher Ulrich was speaking about when she said, “well-behaved women seldom make history”, you will realize that pro-life women have always been the true rebels and this continues to be true today.

I don’t want to live my life like Sandra Fluke, Scarlett Johansson, Gwyneth Paltrow, or Chelsea Handler, and I hope that I will never be compared to any of them. I want to be remembered as a true feminist, like Alice Paul or Susan B. Anthony. I want to be a one-girl revolution.

Oscar Wilde once wrote, “Every woman is a rebel, and usually in wild revolt against herself.” We must stand up and be rebellious, but not against ourselves, as secular feminists often are. We must revolt against the secular feminism, vicious attacks on human life, and every injustice in our world today.

I’m not one for New Year’s resolutions, but in 2013 I want to be an example of true feminism and I want to change the world for the better. True feminists throughout history made history by standing up for human dignity and speaking out against injustice. We have the power to be a shining example to others and change the outcome of history. All we need to do is be convicted and courageously stand up for what we believe in, as Susan B. Anthony and Alice Paul did.

I want to be a one-girl revolution in 2013 and my hope is that you will strive to be one.

Strive to be an example of true feminism in 2013 and beyond. Speak out against the attacks on innocent human life, especially the attacks on the unborn. Be a one-girl revolution today and every day for the rest of your life. You can be a part of history and you have the power to set the world ablaze.

“If you are what you should be, you will set the world ablaze.” – St. Catherine of Siena

Topics: Abortion , Culture , Current Events , Feminism , Personal Growth , Pro-Life , Women's Health

Kate Bryan is a graduate of Franciscan University of Steubenville and holds a Masters degree in Public Affairs and Political Communication. She currently resides in Washington, D.C. Follow her on Twitter at:

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