Women During The Civil Rights Movement Essay

801 Words Aug 14th, 2015 4 Pages
On August 26th, AAUW will be celebrating Women’s Equality Day in commemoration of the 19th

Amendment, which gave women across the US the right to vote. The 26th is a wonderful time to

celebrate the women who fought for the right to participate in the democratic process, but

there’s a problem: when the amendment passed in 1919, Women of Color were still not

guaranteed the right to vote and were often barred from protesting with the white suffragettes.

Today we see a variety of laws that threaten to prevent women from voting –these laws are not

new. Following the 1920’s, laws were made that specifically prevented black women from going

to the polls. It not would be until the 1960’s during the civil rights movement that they would be

able to fully exercise their political voice. Native American women also faced barriers getting to

the polls–and it was not until 1956 that indigenous women in Utah gained voting rights.

Although Women of Color have often been the leading voices and innovators in the fight for

equality, history has a tendency to erase both their legacy and voices. That’s why in honor of

Women’s Equality Day we have created a list of seven amazing women of color that fought for

women’s equality.

1. Sojourner Truth (1796 – 1883): Famous for her 1851 speech “Ain’t I Woman?” at a woman’s

right convention, Truth was a strong abolitionist and women’s rights advocate. Today her

famous speech still resonates with many and encapsulates the…

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