Though these films depict or are inspired by key real figures and moments from history, the fight is ongoing, and the movement toward equality for all women under the law remains rife with blind spots. There's serious work to do on intersectional representation, for instance, and that goes for which stories Hollywood has historically chosen to tell. Nonetheless, these strong, history-based films shine an interpretive light on the stories of real women: mothers, daughters, sisters, everyday revolutionaries, who often paid immense personal costs fighting for our right to live equally under the law. Taking a couple of hours to learn their stories, to appreciate their struggle, triumph, and sacrifice is the very least we can do.
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All rights reserved. Burroughs urged Black and white women to work together to achieve the right to vote. The first is that when the amendment became law in , all American women won the vote. The second is that no Black American women gained the vote that year. Voting rights in America have always been borne of struggle.
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And this is a good thing. Instead, as women, leaders, partners, mothers, sisters, friends, and above all, humans, we should consider ourselves at the starting line, with a long, slow walk ahead of us. Rather, Black women leaders believe it starts with self-awareness, education, and a lifelong commitment to be better—and raise better—generations to come. We spoke with 13 inspiring women to better understand what we can do to become more actively antiracist. Purchasing goods or utilizing the services of Black-owned businesses is an integral part of activism. How so? You should also educate yourself on Black innovation, Newell shares. This includes the successes of Black professionals in the past, as well as those who are creating incredible things for the future. There are many, many books and pieces of content on the topics of racism, diversity, Black leadership and oppression, and so on.
The 19th Amendment to the Constitution, which barred states from considering a voter's sex in determining eligibility, is commonly credited with expanding the right to vote to women, but the amendment didn't actually guarantee all women the right to vote. Although the amendment, which was ratified years ago Tuesday, eased the obstacles some women faced at the ballot box, Black women still faced legal barriers. The centennial, coming the same year as the 55th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act and the th anniversary of the 15th Amendment — the amendment that granted Black men the right to vote — marks just one of several major anniversaries in America's complex voting rights history. But to Watkins and other Black women, the high-profile nature of this particular anniversary also serves as a reminder of the ways the suffrage movement fell short for women of color, many of whom found themselves facing discrimination from the very women alongside whom they were hoping to secure rights. The anniversary also comes the same year in which Black women are running for office in record numbers , Black organizers continue to protest and demand racial justice across the country and Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif. The fight of Black suffragists stands as a reminder of how Black women's fight for the ballot has been and continues to be about a more fundamental issue: access to political power. Black women have only recently begun to receive credit and mainstream attention for their outsize political and voting power, and their work within the suffrage movement and the broader fight for Black voting rights is a part of history that has often gone unrecognized. While history recalls contributions of women suffragists like Susan B. The work of other figures, like journalist and anti-lynching advocate Ida B.