WGS 375 paper 1

WGS 375 paper 1 - During the 19 th and early 20 th century...

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WGS 375 Romesburg 9/2/09 Paper 1 (Fight for Female Equality and the Effects of “Internal Colonialism”) Throughout the history of the world, there has been difference in treatment between genders, politically and socially. Estelle B Freedman illustrates the hardships that women had to face in order to achieve equal rights as men in “Race and Politics of Identity in U.S. Feminism”. Linda Gordan also exploits the inequalities faced by minority groups in her excerpt, “Internal Colonialism and Gender.” Both authors understand the struggles for equality that women, especially women of color, had to endure during the early to mid twentieth century. In Freedman's piece, she suggests that race has informed feminism in the past 175 years.
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Unformatted text preview: During the 19 th and early 20 th century, life was extremely difficult for women of color. First of all, this was during slavery when African Americans faced inhumane treatment and had no rights. Secondly, females also did not have equal rights, white females included. The biggest inequality that the women faced was having no right to vote. Therefore, women of color had the least amount of power. Not only did they have to fight to abolish slavery and to “improve conditions for their race,” but they also had to struggle for “suffrage, and to achieve equality with white women” (Freedman 5). Many of these women risked their lives and reputations to achieve equal rights....
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