Acknowledging the Exclusive History of the Women's Suffrage Movement

 
 
 

Approaching the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, the complications of the women's suffrage movement emerge in a new light. The 19th Amendment simply prevented gender from being a bar against voting, leaving African American women in an unprotected space, still subject to the structures which prevented African American people from voting at the time. Additionally, famous suffragists like Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Alice Paul have been scrutinized for racial exclusivity. As such, it's important to acknowledge the activism of women of color in the fight to gain voting rights for women.

 

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