February 24, 2014
We started with this project by looking through a couple of questions about some pictures. This has turned into so much more then a couple of questions about a picture. I started thinking about my topic when we learned about the industrial revolution and how women started taking charge and once I realized I could do that for this project, I jumped right on to the opportunity. At first I thought that the women were doing it so that they can help each other to have their rights, but then discovered that, the women were not only doing this for that. The women were protesting for freedom, rights, their own voice, and just in general equality. Mt thinking specifically changed when I started to research how the women were treated specifically, for example, sex trafficking, clothing requirements, not being able to leave the country, not being able to give birth to a specific gender and so many other awful unequal actions. I learned about the dangers that women had to face and the dangers of what women protesting are encountering today. In the 1800’s the women were abused by their own fellow citizens, arrested, ignored, beat up, and got trash talked to. Women today are also facing violence, being arrested, beaten, pepper sprayed and trash talked. A big connection that we made from protesting for voting rights in the 1800’s to today would be gay rights. Gay rights is not just an issue for women, we have made a connection for both genders on something that the world is still feuding between. Gay rights was something that I had completely forgotten about and finally, when I made the connection, that was my largest AHHA moment throughout the entire project. I would definitely continue to go on with my research, although, I don’t know what I would research. I would next research how the prisons have changed from how they used to be in the 1900’s. Throughout this project, I have learned so much and would not stop researching on this valuable topic to history.
There is such a large difference between curating and collecting research. Curating, your creating emotion and feeling about something and giving it more meaning then just words. It also creates a larger image and puts you in a spot where you feel something so strong about the subject you are discovering. Collecting research, all it does is give you a sense of what is happening and the cold hard facts. It gives you no sense of how it was, just what happened. Although, the two put together is passion and information in one bowl. When you put curating and research together you create a sense of knowledge and feeling about not just what others might encounter. Curating and research put together, allow you to create a sense of feeling that goes under the skin of everything on your topic put together.
This project has done so much for me, yet I encountered some difficulties and successes. I have encountered more successes, some being, finding specific types of dangers, research outside of the Unites States about today’s inequality and the chain reaction caused from women that started to work. Although, some difficulties I found that were hard was trying to find physical protests that are happening in the U.S.A. and at the beginning thinking outside the box. If I were to do this project over again, I would not change my strategies because I went home and worked on it, used credible sites, and started thinking more and more outside the box as I grew collecting information throughout the project. This project will help me with so much throughout my future schooling career. For example, it helped me learn how to use and create a blog, think outside the box and go into emotional depth about situations, and help me to show the world about the knowledge and research my group and I have discovered for equality rights.
I learned a lot through this project, not just about my topic but the technology to find this information. I learned about how to show the world your knowledge and help others to inform them about issues that use to happen. I also learned, the web has so much information and a extremely large sense of knowledge about everything. Although, not everything is trustworthy to use and I learned which sites were credible and how they show it. For example, if it is a extremely large, known site and has an author and information that is correct, I have learned that is a credible site. I can see using a blog in the future for many other projects in school, actually in life. I can start to use a blog to express feelings or research and post more information about a specific topic. I learned that I am very picky on how I have to do everything. I learned I have to start the project before I can start thinking outside the box. This project helped me learn that not everything is a blunt and cold as it may seem and each different historical difference has it’s own story. This project has especially improved how well I think outside the box and how important it is to use detail. In all, I have learned many things about equality, but truly think that I have gained more knowledge on how I personally think about any information given to me.