Suffrage Movement Racism

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What was racisms impact on The Women’s Suffrage Movement? The Women’s Suffrage Movement was, and still is, a very important part of history. The movement was a success for not only an entire gender, but for a race of people as well. The success of The Women’s Suffrage Movement was not only influenced by the need for rights for women, but it was also influenced by racism. To get to their goal, the movement had to overcome racism and embrace black women. To truly understand racisms impact on The Women’s Suffrage Movement, what must first be understood are the reasons for why the movement was needed, all the divisions and connections of the different associations involved, and the many factors that caused the two races to clash and come together. While the Women’s Suffrage Movement was needed for many reasons, the main reason that women first wanted suffrage was for their right to vote. This wanting and yearning for rights was caused by belief that one gender was greater than another, but further grew the belief that one race was greater than the other. Although this belief has always been very real, the difference in treatment of white and black women- both being treated below their male counterparts- is one of the reasons that the movement was needed, along with their places in society.
Before August 26, 1920, and even after, it was a very prominent belief that a white woman in the United States belonged in the house. She belonged in the kitchen, cooking dinner for her family, she did not have a job or life outside of her family, because her family was her life, and her husband did the working. Historians call this belief the “Cult of True Womanhood”: the idea that “a ‘true’ woman was a pious, submissive wife and mother concerned exclusively with home and family.” (Williams) This life of living at home and taking care of the family would never have been so closed in if not for the extended belief that women should not belong in politics. What men did not understand was the fact that in order to take care of her family, she had to be able to make decisions in her household, her town, and her country. In order to do this, she needed to be able to vote and be a valid part of where she was living. As seen
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