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The suffrage movement didnt protect all womens right to vote.

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On this landmark 100th anniversary of womens suffrage, historians Martha S. Jones and Daina Ramey Berry reflect on what the 19th Amendment means for Black American women. The womens suffrage movement was a predominantly white cause, one that sacrificed the involvement of Black suffragists in return for support for the 19th Amendment from Southern states.

The 1920 legislation enfranchised all American women, but it left Black women, particularly those living in the South, to fight racial discrimination when registering to vote and going to the polls. It wasnt until the Voting Rights Act of 1965 that this type of racial discrimination was prohibited by federal law.

The voting rights fight is still not over, however. Theres evidence that restrictions to voting disproportionately affect minority populations measures like voter ID laws, voting purges, gerrymandering, and closing polling locations.

The headline to this video has been changed. Previously it was titled: The myth of the 19th amendment

For more of Voxs coverage on the anniversary of the 19th Amendment:

https://www.vox.com/2020/8/18/21358913/19th-amendment-ratified-anniversary-women-suffrage-vote

https://www.vox.com/21356259/19th-amendment-suffragists-alice-paul-pankhursts

https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/21364998/19th-amendment-women-equal-pay-economy-poverty-maternity-leave

For Martha S. Joness forthcoming book on Black womens voting rights fight:
https://www.basicbooks.com/titles/martha-s-jones/vanguard/9781541618619/

For Daina Ramey Berrys book on African Americans womens history:
http://www.beacon.org/A-Black-Womens-History-of-the-United-States-P1524.aspx

For a piece on the importance of photography for Black suffragists:
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/12/arts/19th-amendment-black-womens-suffrage-photos.html


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