African American Women and the Battle for Women’s Suffrage

Feb 10, 2021

History has long overlooked the role of African American women in the fight for women’s suffrage. Both before and after the Civil War, Black women had to struggle not only with the entrenched sexism faced by white women, but also with racism. They met the challenge, engaging in political activism and significant reform efforts from the earliest years of the suffrage movement.

An exhibit developed by the Durand-Hedden House chronicles the long battle for women’s suffrage. African American women’s contributions to this struggle are explored on our website:

The role of African American women in women’s suffrage and civil rights

The rise of African American Women’s Clubs

Profiles of three African American suffragists

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Black History

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