Reckoning with How We’ve Failed Black Women on National Voter Registration Day

America is punishing Black women for turning out the vote. This isn’t a new phenomenon. It is rooted in the failed acknowledgement of our contributions in gaining voting rights for Americans, and the mistreatment we experienced while doing so 100 years ago during the women’s suffrage movement. During the late 1800s and early 1900s, Black women organized political societies and meetings, developed strategies to obtain the right to vote, worked in public spheres to promote their ideas, wrote and disseminated these ideas to the public, and more. Their ideas were often ignored in favor of Black men and white women’s agendas, they were excluded from organizations and events, and issues specific to Black women were not addressed.

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