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Has Feminism Ever Been On The Side Of Black Women?

The Women’s Movement was created in the late 19th century, as a way to combat all of the struggles that women were going through at that time. Those issues included the ability to: work, vote, go to school, and other political/social issues. In 1890, during the first wave of feminism, the National American Woman Suffrage Association was founded. Those founders included prominent Women’s Rights Activists: Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton.

However, unlike White women and even some Black men, Black women were left out of their frequent events and/or protests, as well as often left out of the conversation as a big driving force for the women’s rights movement. Fast forward to the 2nd wave of feminism (1960s - 70s) and Black women were forced to choose between fighting racism or sexism. Then moving to the third wave of feminism (the 1990’s-early 21st century) and black women had to fight against stereotypes of black women being portrayed more in the media, the surge of Hip-Hop (the misogyny) , as well as political issues. 

Now fast forward to present day, also known as the 4th wave of the feminist movement, and it seems as though Black women are still not included in “modern day” feminism. One example, I think of is the recent lawsuit to the Black women founded organization, “Fearless Fund”, which helps women of color receive venture capital for their businesses. They were sued by a group of conservative activists for being discriminatory, even though black women receive 0.34 percent of funding as of 2021 and their have been no solutions made to help combat hat statistic.

Not once did we see any prominent feminist groups/organizations voice their opposition to this lawsuit. That itself, as well as even looking at the amount of black women that have come out and accused men of power of sexual crimes and the silence from these national women groups/organizations.  One can wonder what society could do to make Black women more included in the current feminist movement, as well as future ones.

Writer:@rayvensierraa--Source: 📸: Pew Research Center, National Museum of African American History, Flickr

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