Jump to navigation Jump to search As the women’s suffrage movement gained popularity through the nineteenth century, African-American women were increasingly marginalized. The origins of the women’s suffrage movement are tied to the Abolitionist movement. Upper-class white women in particular first articulated their own oppression in marriage and the private sphere using the metaphor of slavery, and first developed a political consciousness by mobilizing in support of abolitionism.
The racism that defined the early twentieth century made it so black women were oppressed from every side: first, for their status as women, and then again for their race. Many politically engaged African-American women were primarily invested in matters of racial equality, with suffrage later materializing as a secondary goal. Black women engaged in multi-pronged activism, as they did not often separate the goal of obtaining the franchise from other goals.
Most black women who supported the expansion of the franchise sought to better the lives of black women alongside black men and children, which radically set them apart from their white counterparts. The women’s suffrage movement began with women such as Harriet Tubman and Sojourner Truth, and it progressed to women like Ida B. After her arrest in 1970, “Davis became a political prisoner. National and international protests to free Angela were mobilized around the world. During the two years that she spent in prison, Davis read, wrote essays on injustices, and prepared as co-counsel for her own defense.
Essays over the woman’s suffrage movement
Eventually, Davis was released on bail in 1972 and later acquitted of all criminal charges at her jury trial. The American Women’s Suffrage movement began in the north as a middle class white woman’s movement with most of their members were educated white women primarily from Boston, New York, Maine, and the Northeast.