Every Revolution Gives Birth to Another: Lives of African-American Women and Native American Women

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Every Revolution Gives Birth to Another When Americans look back at the ways in which African American women and Native American women as recently as not much more than a century ago, they might well be shocked at the ways in which their lives were limited by both legal and cultural restrictions. Since then they have made significant progress towards equality, although both groups lag behind other American demographic groups in terms of life expectancy, chronic disease, work opportunities, wages, and political power. While all of these changes have made considerable differences in the lives of these two groups of women, I have decided to focus here on the ways in which their political strength and options have changed since the end of the nineteenth century. The reason that I selected the political status of these two groups of women is because I believe that all of the other aspects of their lives would have been so significantly affected by not having the right to vote. I cannot imagine what it would feel like to be told that even though I had been born and grown up in America that I did not matter enough to have a say in who would lead the country. If I had had the chance to be educated at the time, then I would have been even more disappointed in a country that had been founded in no small part on the idea that its people deserve to have a say in their own governance. This feeling might have been especially deep for Native American women given the fact that it

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