Essay on Womanism

751 Words Mar 6th, 2005 4 Pages
"Africana Womanism: An Historical, Global Prespective for Women of African Descent"

"Africana Womanism: An Historical, Global Perspective for Women of African Descent" is an essay based on Africana Womanism and how it compares to white feminism. The essay was written by Clenora Hudson-Weems, an African American writer and literary critic. She was born in Oxford, Mississippi and she was raised in Memphis, Tennessee. I will compare Africana Womanism and Feminism and discuss the definition of the two the topics. Also I will discuss the important historical figures that are womanists. I think the issue is important because the common misconception is that a womanist and a feminist are the same thing but they are totally different. A
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The crucial role of an Africana woman is that many Africana academicians accepted the idea of female empowerment so that the level of struggle or concerns of Africana women are noticeable. Many people think because a woman is a feminist, that she is oppressed with gender issues, but an Africana woman are traditionally family centered. For example, Ruth Momparti witnessed the decomposing bodies of child victims of the apartheid. Most Africana women are mostly family oriented. The role of an Africana feminist is the exact opposite of white feminists. White liberal feminists started the Women's Suffrage Movement, which was a movement to give women the right to vote. In addition, they had concerns to end slavery and to have equal for everyone for everyone of all races and genders. True feminism uses historical and a current female centered agenda. Once the Fifteenth Amendment of the Constitution of the United States, was ratified for the voting rights of Africana men, left women, and White women in general, wanting the same rights. From the 1880s, White women went on their own battle to gain voting rights.
Historical Africana woman that was vital to the Africana community had the main priority of race empowerment. Sojourner Truth, Harriet Tubman, and Ida B. Wells were important because they were helping the Africana

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