9 African-American Suffragists You Should Know


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Josephine St. Pierre Ruffin
Courtesy: Negro Artist

Born in 1842, Ruffin played a prominent role in the 19th-century women's suffrage movement as an editor of Women's Era, the first newspaper for African-American women, the first vice president of the National Association of Colored women and a co-founder of the American Woman Suffrage Association. In spite of her dedicated activism, Ruffin experienced the racism of many white suffrage organizations during the Reconstruction Era, although that clearly didn't hold her back from working to advance the enfranchisement of the African-American community and women alike.