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Kimberly Hamlin – Race, Racism, and the Women’s Movement
March 3 @ 6:00 pm
The 19th-century women’s rights movement had close ties with abolitionism, and the women’s movement of the 1960s and 1970s grew out of the Civil Rights movement. Yet, mainstream women’s rights movements have often been critiqued for prioritizing the needs of white women over those of women of color, and white leaders have often been blind to issues of race and racism. These historical debates and fissures came to a head during the planning of the 2017 Women’s March on Washington. Who speaks for American women? What issues unite American women? This presentation provides a historical overview of the role of race and racism in the U.S. women’s rights movement, highlighting key issues, rifts, and cooperative efforts from the 1830s to today.