Racism in the Women Suffrage Movement

Racismin the Women Suffrage Movement

Thewomen suffrage movement was a demonstration of civil rights thatbegan early 19th century. These women wanted to be given the right tovote. During that time, women of all races could not vote. Thepetition was successful, because, a few years later white women wereable to participate in elections. Around the same time, male AfricanAmericans were also granted the same right. However, black women werenot considered. Their issues were of no concern to the society ofthat time. These African American women were considered as part oftheir husbands, for those that were married, and there was no needfor them to vote. The black women tried to join the women suffragemovement, but they were shunned due to racism. The situation led themto create their movement, and eventually they succeeded in gettingtheir voices heard (Cooper, 2016).

Currently,the issue of racism in the women suffrage movement continues toaffect women from the ethnic minority groups. There have been severalcivil rights demonstrations against police harassment and brutalitytargeted towards the ethnic minority groups such as African-Americansand Hispanics. Even though these movements are justified, it becomesapparent that even in the 21st century, African American women aresidelined. The matter of concern is the wage gap between men andwomen. White women have been actively campaigning against thedisparity in pay for several years. Nevertheless, black women are notactively protested for in such demonstrations (Cooper, 2016). Thecircumstances show that the ancient problems concerning racism inmovements like these are still a present menace. The African-Americanwoman is set aside as the lowest entity when it comes to theclassification of citizens in the US. These women face a lot ofdiscrimination from all sectors of their lives without having alegitimate voice to speak out for them (Cooper, 2016).


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