What tactics for reform did Martin Luther King, Jr. and Mahatma Ghandi both use that they got from the American Women's Rights Movement?

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In fighting to achieve equal rights for all, what Ghandi, Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Women's Suffrage Movement all had in common was not just a passionate commitment to the cause, but a willingness to battle for these rights without violence.

Women marched, met, attended rallies, communicated with politicians (even Presidents) so that their words would be heard. It took a great many years before women were treated equally in the eyes of the government. When the 19th Amendment was finally passed, the President went before the House and the Senate to encourage the ratification of the Bill that would grant women the freedom to vote.

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi represented a strong presence in India's nonviolent fight for independence from British rule. Though Ghandi (also known as Mahatma, meaning "great soul") refused to use violence to achieve his goals, his "civil disobedience" often landed him in jail or resulted in physical punishment. Ghandi would later be assassinated the same year that India won its independence.

In the United States, Martin Luther King, Jr., decided to use Ghandi's teachings and actions of non-violence.

Just as India had gained its independence with passive resistance, African Americans were also able to use similar tactics to secure their guaranteed rights.

Although Dr. King refused to resort to violence to achieve the movement's ends, blacks were still often met with violence and/or death in their march for freedom. Dr. King was committed and patient. He was noted for his refusal to adopt methods of violence to achieve equality for all people, and he never ceased in his attempt to end laws that separated blacks and whites. (Unfortunately, King was also assassinated, when he was only thirty-nine.)

[King] was famous for using nonviolent resistance to overcome injustice, and he never got tired of trying to end segregation laws.

Martin Luther King, Jr., Mahatma Ghandi and the Women's Suffrage movements were all led by individuals who did not believe in bringing physical aggression and violence to bear in order to achieve their goals of equality under the law, but relied on patient, non-violent methods to achieve equal rights for the people they represented.

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