Essay about Women's Role

1323 Words Dec 29th, 2012 6 Pages
My name is Ida B. Wells Barnett was in born in Holly Springs, Mississippi on July 16, 1862. Six months after my birth the Emancipation Proclamation was signed to freed the slaves. My parents James and Elizabeth Wells were born slaves and I was the oldest of seven siblings. My father was one of the first broad members of Rust College, so education was very important to my parents. In 1878 the tragic outbreak of the yellow fever took my parents and one of my youngest sibling lives. At the age of sixteen I drop out of school and raised five siblings with the help of friends and relatives (Baker, 1996). Having to be a caretaker and provider, I convinced the school administrator that I eighteen year old and landed a teaching job. In 1883 my …show more content…
In 1892 three of my close friends were lynch for protecting themselves and their business. After the killing of these men I put my life at risk and travel the south gathering information about other lynching cases. I launched an anti-lynching campaign, which went overseas and in the northeast United States spreading the messages on the horror of lynching. Being very committed the social and political activism I formed the National Association of Colored Women, also involved with National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (McBride, 1998). In 1931 at the age of sixty nine my life had come to an end due to kidney disease. I was a brave anti-lynching crusader, suffragist, women’s rights advocate, journalist, and speaker for the 19th century and many centuries to come.
In the 19th century women were still slaves even after the Emancipation Proclamation was signed and passed. African American women had very little education, they didn’t know how to read and write. Doing this century women roles was mainly domestic work around the slave owner house and their homes as well. I think women should have been respected more, had more voice in society and political. I was glad to be a voice for women speaking out on all the wrong actions on African America and women.
As I see American today it has come a long way from when I was alive. Today there are many powerful women to look up too. The current roles of women in 21st century are equal to men…

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