The first time I heard the term 'Womanist' was after learning about Alice Walker from my good friend and role model Ijeoma D. Iheanacho. Ijeoma is this amazing being who lives and breathe black female empowerment. She created and in the process of working on a project called "The reImagining", which looks beyond the black skin and further into who the women are, collectively a diverse, complex, surprising group of women either finding themselves or finally being found. There are magical women really finding creative ways to bring the voices of those unheard to the forefront. Just hope we are truly paying attention. Isn't that was Intersectionality is?
Women’s Right Movement:
1st wave: 1830’s to early 1900s
Two major Players
Susan B. Anthony was a Quaker who believed in equality for men and women no matter what color they were, But by the end of her life she chose to neglect the rights of black people to push forward the rights of white women because she knew she could not have both at that time.
Elizabeth Cady Stanton was a mother and wife who was a master at words. During the women’s convention with the 15 amendment she was adiment to go against because it focused on the rights of black people and not of women over all
2nd wave: 1960s to 1980s
Workplace, sexuality etc
Roe vs Wade 1973 (Norma McCorvey, who was the plaintiff in this case in her later years became an anti abortion)
Burning of bras became the symbolism of the mainstream movement
3rd wave 1990s to present
Pay gap, advancement for women, and me too movement
Cultural appropriation is an issue among women
The wage gap between white and black women is still a big issue (Despite black women having the most degrees, they are not seeing this reflected in the workforce)
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