For my Counter Cultural Figure, I chose Anne Hutchinson. Anne Hutchinson was brought to trial for going against the beliefs and teachings of preachers in the town. During her trial, she stepped out of the expectations of women of the time period, and challenged governor Winthrop in his accusations against her.
“I think I may. — Do you think it not lawful for me to teach women and why do you call me to teach the court?”
While the average person under trial would never argue against the governor, Anne Hutchinson saw his flaws in his accusations and backfired them onto him. She made an impact on the society of that time by being one of the first and few women to challenge the authority of a government official, especially that of a man. Consequently, however, she was banished from the town and killed by a tribe of Native American’s. Her stance against the government made a significant difference, and is still recognized today.