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Today's topic: Racism and the women's suffrage movement
The fight for women's suffrage was not as straightforward as you might think. Today we will examine the intersections of race and gender and how this played out during the fight for the 19th Amendment. Black women were marginalized in the movement and their contributions sidelined by history. Today, we will look back at these pioneering leaders and how they laid the groundwork for universal suffrage and the civil rights movement.
Read this article about the African American suffragists who fought for the right to vote, while fighting racist backlash from the movements white leadership, many of whom did not believe that any black person should have the right to vote before white women.
Read this article that re-frames the way we look at the suffrage movement and encourages us to do more to honor and remember the Black women who bravely fought for universal suffrage.
Read about five amazing women of color who bravely fought for the abolition of slavery, the rights of women, and civil rights in the United States. They pioneered the idea of intersectionality more than a century before the term would be officially coined in 1989.
Join YWCA St. Paul as we host a ‘virtual’ candlelight vigil featuring inspiring words and music to bring our community together as part of the healing process following the death of George Floyd. Event will be streamed live on YouTube tonight at 7 p.m. CST - click here for access:

This is a community-wide gathering with our partners from YWCA Minneapolis hosting a simultaneous community healing vigil across the river.
Level I: Complete the 2020 census.
Level II: Register to vote in the 2020 general election or help someone else to register.
Level III: Volunteer with Rock the Vote and help register new voters.
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