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African American Women Have A Long History Of Being Political Activists

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African American women have a long history of being political activists. African American foremothers, such as: Frances E.W. Harper, Maria Stewart, Sarah Mapps Douglass, Sarah Parker Remond, Harriet Jacobs, Mary Ann Shadd Cary, and Ida B. Wells were fighting for racial, social, and gender equality since slavery and the Emancipation Proclamation. Whether it is in print culture or in public culture African American women have continuously protested the treatment of African Americans and women in America. Yet, the presence of women (especially African American women) was not welcomed in America’s public domain. In fact, it deviated from acceptable gender roles. Women on the public stage receiving spotlight for their resistance against…show more content…
Laurel Thatcher Ulrich is generally accredited for the quote: “Well-behaved women seldom make history”. Laurel Thatcher Ulrich quote perfectly captures the struggle of equality and the entrapment of “femininity” that all women face. In order for most women to protest the oppression traditional gender role place on women, they (women) would have to deviate against societal gender norms. The narrow framework of Victorian’s “true womanhood” did not allow women to challenge their treatment in a patriarchal society. It would have been impossible for a woman to assert her independence and rally for her civil rights and civil liberties in American society; while, still upholding the status of a “true woman”. Thatcher Ulrich quote embodies the public’s perception of women who differed from social gender norms. Their actions were not viewed as heroic or innovative; instead women were publicly ridiculed as deviants and inappropriate women. They were in the outgroup of American society.
The negative labeling giving to women who rally for women’s rights served as a public ramification to any woman who felt oppressed in America’s male normative society. Placing criterions on womanhood allowed for women to be socially bondage to social perceptions of their behavior. The negative labeling of women’s worth also encouraged social backlash against activist women. Three of the most popular negative labels placed on women were
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