Pambazuka News | March 04, 2019
From Seneca Falls to the Civil War and Reconstruction the struggle for national liberation and gender equality took centre stage.
Since the mid-19th century there has been a periodic interrelationship between the movements for African emancipation and women’s liberation. Of course these convergences have not been without serious contradictions particularly in light of the historic racial and class divisions, which became characteristic of United States society as a whole.
Quite similar to aspects of the labour movement that sought to exclude African people from whatever advancements were made in regard to better salaries and working conditions, some sections of the white-dominated women’s suffrage movement sought to align themselves on the basis of race while relegating African American women and men to the doldrums of lower caste status through a permanent state of second-class citizenship.