Finally, Black Feminism Highlights The Unique Experiences

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Finally, Black feminism highlights the unique experiences of Black women, but it lies in its commitment to justice, not just for Black women but for that of other similarly oppressed groups. An essential idea within Black feminism is intersectionality in that they argue that race, class, gender, sexuality, etc. are bound together (Garcia, 2016). In other words, white women and black women do not share identical experiences, despite all being female. Likewise, a middle-class black woman has a different set of experiences from a working-class black woman, based on class differences. Black feminism developed in the late 1960s and 1970s in response to the isolation that many black woman activists felt from both the Black Power movement, which…show more content…
These differing approaches kept the movement divided until 1890, when the two united as the National American Woman Suffrage Association (Woman Suffrage, 2016). The early leaders of the movement vision of women 's emancipation was comprehensive. It involved rights within the family; economic rights and equality; the right to organize; and civil rights. Yet, after the two organizations merged, the vote had become the dominant issue (Tobias, 1997, p. 24). Eventually, several of the states and territories, with Wyoming being the first in 1869, granted suffrage to the women within their borders (Woman Suffrage, 2016). Groups opposed to the suffrage movement were: liquor businesses; big-city bosses; the Catholic church; southern whites; and big business. The oppositionists spent a lot of money on advertising against the movement. They bought votes and paid bribes to steal elections. Besides sexist prejudice, they had economic and political interests to protect against possible votes by women. For example, the big-city machines and bosses were afraid women voters would want reforms, such as no child labor. Additionally, the Catholic church felt that women might oppose the sexist teachings on “woman’s place” (Deckard, 1975, p. 282) Despite the powerful opposition, the 19th Amendment granted nation-wide suffrage to women in 1920. Next, the second-wave peaked in the 1960s and 1970s and concerned itself with the full range of

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