Black Women in the Suffrage Movement: Background information when reading Stories from Suffragette City

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Stories from Suffragette City

by M.J. Rose, Fiona Davis

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Black Women in the Suffrage Movement

This article relates to Stories from Suffragette City

Black and white photo of Ida B. WellsA couple of the pieces in Stories from Suffragette City — most notably "American Womanhood" by Dolen Perkins-Valdez — explore the often forgotten reality that Black and other non-white women were explicitly excluded from the movement for women's suffrage in America.

In the late 19th/early 20th centuries, some Black women involved in activism felt an element of tension with regard to their race and gender. Some organizations and individuals fighting for racial equality were not so keen on advancing the rights of women, while some women's suffrage organizations were dismissive of the fight for racial equality. The American Equal Rights Association was formed in 1866 to "secure Equal Rights to all American citizens" by suffragists Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony, and abolitionist and Black rights activist Frederick Douglass served as one of its vice presidents. The organization disbanded just three years later due to in-fighting about whether or not to support ...

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