Black Women Striving for Suffrage


The history of the women's movement for suffrage was written by white women and largely overshadows the African-American feminists who worked alongside them, battling not only gender inequity but also racism, disenfranchisement and segregation from mainstream suffrage organizations. Cristen and Caroline highlight Ida B. Wells and other black women integral to winning the vote for all American women.

Episode sources:

"African-American Women and the Struggle for the Vote, 1850 - 1920" by Rosalyn Teborg-Penn. 1998. Indiana University Press. http://books.google.com/books/about/African_American_Women_in_the_Struggle_f.html?id=U6o0ttZqgtUC

"Fighting Chance -- The Struggle Over Woman Suffrage and Black Suffrage in Reconstruction America" by Faye E. Dubben. 2011. Oxford University Press. http://books.google.com/books/about/Fighting_Chance.html?id=7-XV-oP9UFUC

"American Equal Rights Association." Encyclopaedia Britannica. http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/19648/American-Equal-Rights-Association-AERA

"Despite the tremendous risk, African American women marched for suffrage, too" by Michelle Bernard. March 03, 2013. The Washington Post http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/she-the-people/wp/2013/03/03/despite-the-tremendous-risk-african-american-women-marched-for-suffrage-too/

"How Racism Tainted Women's Fight to Vote" by Monee Fields-White. March 25, 2011. http://www.theroot.com/articles/politics/2011/03/womens_suffrage_and_racism_ida_b_wells_vs_frances_e_willard.html

"The ballot and black women" by Denise Olver Velez. Aug. 21, 2011. Daily Kos. http://www.dailykos.com/story/2011/08/21/1008952/-The-ballot-and-black-women

"Ida Wells-Barnett Confronts Race and Gender Discrimination" by Wanda A. Hendricks, Paulette Pennington Jones and Careda Rolland Taylor. Northern Illionois University Library. http://www.lib.niu.edu/1996/iht319630.html

"Biography -- Mary Church Terrell." The Progress of a People. Library of Congress. http://lcweb2.loc.gov/ammem/aap/terrell.html

"Frances Ellen Watkins Harper (1825 - 1911)." Maryland State Archives. http://msa.maryland.gov/megafile/msa/speccol/sc3500/sc3520/012400/012499/html/12499bio.html

"National Association of Colored Women." The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow. PBS. http://www.pbs.org/wnet/jimcrow/stories_org_nacw.html

"African American Reform Ethics." The National Women's History Museum. http://www.nwhm.org/online-exhibits/progressiveera/africanamericanreform.html

"Lifting As We Climb -- The Women's Club Movement" by Evangeline Holland. Feb. 01, 2010. Edwardian Promenade. http://www.edwardianpromenade.com/african-american/lifting-as-we-climb/

"The history of the suffragettes" by Dominic Casciani. Oct. 02, 2003. BBC. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk/3153388.stm

Topics in this Podcast: women's history, voting rights, suffrage