Racism And Sexism In Women As An Oppressed Group

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Upon reading the chapter Women as a Minority Group I was surprised to learn that women as an oppressed group were being compared to the racial inequalities of Blacks. Of course I’ve always known the importance of the Nineteenth Amendment and how hard women fought for the right to vote but I never would have attributed those barriers to that of the African American suffrage. However I did not know that amongst scholars, scientists and doctors in the in Nineteenth and even into twentieth century, women were considered inferior to men, and were thought to be more closely identified to a savage or child(1). I also wasn’t aware of the excessive restrictions on women, that are remotely similar to the ristristincs of african slaves in the seventeenth century(1). After initial research I do see similarities between racism and sexism through social stratification based on their ascribed statuses. Throughout my paper I would like to further compare the social stratification between women and blacks, address the differences in ethnic stratification between the two and how their “minority-minority” relationship helped each other gain affirmative action. …show more content…
In history the two minorities were subject to some of the same injustices, such as the Dillingham Flaw, which inaccurately characterizes them in anachronistic roles. When each group acknowledges their injustices, bipolarization takes places as two separate organizations form to fight for equality. The Civil Rights Act which protects citizens of all race and both sex, is prove that minority-minority relations, such as NAACP and NOW, are the product of affirmative action. However the African American suffrage, was prolonged and was a much more characteristic of the vicious-circle phenomenon, due to ethnic stratification, structural differentiation and black codes, as well as Jim Crow

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