Vanguard: How Black Women Broke Barriers, Won the Vote, and Insisted on Equality for All by Martha S. Jones (Basic Books, 2020)
Dr. Jones’s eagerly anticipated new book, Vanguard: How Black Women Broke Barriers, Won the Vote, and Insisted on Equality for All, is here! Flattening the popular account that portrays the woman suffrage movement as beginning in Seneca Falls in 1848 and ending with the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment in 1920, Jones calls into question that monolithic recounting, brings to light the contributions of Black women, and articulates the necessity for Black women to forge a movement of their own in a historical narrative rooted long before Seneca Falls to secure equal and equitable voting rights that continues on to the present day.
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In American history, the Nineteenth Amendment represents the end of a long-fought eighty-year campaign for women’s voting rights. The popular narrative of this watershed is that women were not politically active prior to 1920. This version of history often ignores the reality that American women have aligned and acted according to political ideology since the days of the American Revolution.
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Our September Fab Five celebrates Five Barrier-Breaking Women!
If we want our girls to benefit from the courage and wisdom of the women before them, we have to share the stories.Shireen Dodson
Many of us are not sure how to counter racism when we witness it and don’t know what to say when people we know downplay or trivialize the hate, prejudice and discrimination that Black people (and other people of color) experience in our country.
Being an ally in the struggle for African-American justice and equality goes beyond simply not being racist. We hope this list of resources help to educate and motivate you to take action.
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