In your research paper, in addition to biographical information, you will nee to answer the following questions:
What obstacles, barriers, challenges did your leader face?
What qualities did you leader demonstrate and/or what actions did they take to overcome these obstacles?
Think back to my example of Margaret Sanger. As a feminist, birth control activist born in the 1920s, she was challenged by education opportunities based on sex and class. She was also challenged by living in a conservative culture and time period. It wasn't until the sexual revolution of the 1960s near her death before "the pill" and other contraception methods were more popularized. Therefore, I may want to explore the following topics and search combinations for secondary research:
Women's education AND United States
Education opportunities AND lower class
Sexual revolution AND oral contraception
oral contraception development AND Margaret Sanger
These are only a few suggestions and ideas of ways you can expand your topic and come up with different keywords and subtopics to explore. Try selecting a subject database below or Search@UW to locate articles and books for secondary research. Remember, you can always ask a librarian for help!
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