On this Women’s Equality Day….

Dear Facebook,

Thank you for the congratulatory message personalized just for me.  HOWEVER, I’m just curious why your picture shows women of all colors in the picture.  PLEASE, for once, do the RIGHT thing and correct yourself.  This picture needs to be as white as me if you want to be accurate.

Don’t get me wrong, I am for sure THANKFUL for this right, and do realize the sacrifices that were made!  But I am very clear in my heart and soul that I am thankful because ALL women now have the right to vote!  The first women’s suffrage movement purposely excluded black women in many instances.

“Women gained the right to vote in 1920, but Jim Crow racial segregation and disenfranchisement — which was enforced by extreme violence — curtailed Black women’s suffrage.”

It is interesting (not surprising) that if you look up women’s suffrage or women’s right to vote, you will very rarely find that it states anything about black women not receiving that right at the same time. You have to actually specify black women in the search to get the whole story.

And if you are really interested, there is tons of information you can find and learn from!  


It was the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960’s (Civil Rights Act of 1964) that removed the roadblocks for all blacks to vote. The 19th amendment was supposed to include all, but there was so much vigilantism (and worse) and state laws that were passed to prohibit it that it was illegal, not enforced and/or even ignored.

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