Core Expression And Ideology Of Feminism

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The struggle for women throughout American history has always been a substantial battle, from as early as the suffrage movement, to more recent fights such as the wage gap and the right to choose. It would seem that in light of these issues, women of all backgrounds would present a more unified front in utilizing activism to combat inequality. The reality is that the rift between women has existed in various forms, such as women who fought to have a place in the workplace being criticized by women who felt that they should stay in the home as housewives. Or the basic fight of women who disregarded feminism in its entirety fighting against radical feminists.
The core expression and ideology of feminism is simple at its very root, feminism defined
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It was recognized that both causes had the same end goal; equality for all peoples, regardless of gender or race. Despite this similarity in causes, a split arose between Black women and white women, instead of laboring towards equality, Black women were forced to choose between their race or their gender, to claim allegiance to one showed a form of disloyalty to the other. Black women were then and still are being pushed out of feminist spaces and having to push back into Black spaces. The face of feminism is now recognized with names like Susan B. Anthony, Betty Friedan, and Elizabeth Stanton, whereas Black women like Sojourner Truth and Ida B. Wells are categorized as figures in Black freedom, even though they fought just as hard for rights for …show more content…
With this in mind, the “double minority” effect must be considered. A minority group is a group of people differentiated from the social majority, the majority are those with the most social influence and power. Thus, historically, men have a social majority over women, and whites have social power over blacks. The consequence of this leaves Black women as a double minority; lesser than white women, and lesser than men who are both Black and white. In her book, Feminism is for Everybody, bell hooks, explains the dynamics of Black and white women during the 1970’s, “ In those days white women who were unwilling to face the reality of racism and racial difference accused us of being traitors by introducing race. Wrongly they saw us as deflecting focus away from gender. In reality, we were demanding that we look at the status of females realistically, and that realistic understanding serve as the foundation for a real feminist politic.” (hooks,

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