Striving For Equality By Ida B. Wells, Rosa Parks, Recy Taylor, And Kimberlee Crenshaw
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Striving for Equality Women throughout history have suffered under many gender and racial injustices. The white supremacist patriarchal structures in America, which were considered “the norm” for their time, were challenged and brought down largely due to the efforts of strong black women. These women shifted the idea of women being worthless objects to be taken and used whenever white men see fit into that of feeling, human souls who are the utmost deserving of the same treatment as the white male supremacists in America. Women such as Ida B. Wells, Rosa Parks, Recy Taylor, Betty Jean Owens, and Kimberlee Crenshaw made strives towards a better future for not just women of color but women and men of all backgrounds. Their movement…show more content… By Ida B. Wells advocating for an end to the racist and unjust treatment of people of color, she helped to end the societal norms that continued the oppression of slavery well beyond its abolition. The lynching of African Americans spread fear and further layered upon years of mistreatment, which fundamentally continued a mentality among the African American Community geared towards submission and helplessness.
As perhaps one of the most publicized and educated upon women of color in history, Rosa Parks is a woman that is familiar to all. As a Civil rights activist, Rosa is most famous for her refusal to surrender her seat to a white passenger on a segregated bus. This event in Montgomery, Alabama, surged a boycott of the bus service known as the “The Montgomery Bus Boycott”. The boycott, which sparked nationwide controversy and unrest, greatly contributed to the termination of the segregation of public facilities. When the bus Rosa was riding in was filling with more white people than African-Americans, the bus driver noticed that a few white passengers were standing in the isle. The bus driver, although they were not specifically granted this power by the Montgomery bus code, moved the line that separated the colored and white sections back four seats to allow the white passengers a seat on the bus. Three of the four African