I Am a Woman, Too: Feminism to the Black Woman

966 WordsJan 12, 20064 Pages
Written by Tammy Carter In history, women have always struggled to gain equality, respect, and the same rights as men. Women had had to endure years of sexism and struggle to get to where we are today. The struggle was even more difficult for women of color because not only were they dealing with issues of sexism, but also racism. Many movements have helped black women during the past centuries to overcome sexism, racism, and adversities that were set against them. History tells us that movements such as the Feminist Movement helped empower all women, but this fact is not totally true. In this paper, I will discuss feminism, the movements, and its "minimal" affects on black women. The word feminism comes from the word…show more content…
Later on in the years, the Black Feminist Movement was started to try to eliminate these ethnic notions that oppressed black women. In an effort to meet the needs of black women in the U.S., who felt they were racially oppressed in the Women's Movement and sexually oppressed in the Black Liberation Movement, the Black Feminist Movement was formed. "The purpose of the movement was to develop theory which could adequately address the way race, gender, and class were interconnected in their lives and to take action to stop racist, sexist, and classist discrimination"(But Some of Us Are Brave: A History of Black Feminism in the United States, (http://www.mit.edu:8001/activities/thistle/v9/9.01/6blackf.html). Many black American women, inspired by these nineteenth century leaders have continued over the years to work toward the eradication of race and gender inequality, among other systems of oppression, which have historically subjugated black American women. In today's society, women of all colors are stepping up and taking what is rightfully theirs. Women are holding jobs, positions, and offices that mostly men use to dominate. (See Exhibit: 2). Here is a list of some important black women that carry on the legacy of our past generations: Maya Angelou Josephine Baker Bessie Blount Marita Bonner Dorothy Dandridge Jessie Redmon Fauset Althea Gibson
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