In and are, needed to continue this fight

In 1848, women all throughout the United States of America began the first ever Women’s Movement (feminism.eserver.org) taking place in Seneca Falls. By this year, those involved in women’s rights activism team up with those involved in anti-slavery, which includes African-American women and men. Between the years of 1856 and 1870, men, both black and white, earn the right to vote, no matter their religion or amount of property they own (interactive.aljazeera).The slaves are granted citizenship, as well. 1872, white women, after 66 years, try once more to earn the right to vote, to which they do not triumph. Finally, white women earn the right to vote in the year 1920, whilst black women must wait over six decades  to earn the right to even register to vote. This is not feminism. The inclusion of every single woman, despite their differences, from race to sexuality and gender identity,  should have been implemented since the 1848 movement.    The term, “feminism,” can be defined in two ways: it is the political, economic and social equality of the sexes, and an organized activity on behalf of women’s rights and interests (Merriam Webster Dictionary). Though the first definition displays the outer layer, or the “general” idea of feminism, the second definition implies that all women, not just the white, heterosexual, cisgender (one who is the same gender as they were at birth) women, are included in fighting for equality. Women of color were, and are, needed to continue this fight for equality. In 1977, a group of black women released the, “Combahee River Collective (rewirenews.net).” They referred to themselves as Black Feminists, but contrary to this term, and the term White Feminist, the Black Feminists represented all women of color. “As Black women we see Black feminism as the logical political movement to combat the manifold and simultaneous oppressions that all women of color face (circuitous.org).” These black women based all of their research on the history of African-American women fighting their struggle. They are what increased the inclusion of colored women in feminism, and some of the inspirations that effectively pushed the act forward, but persistently go unknown.There are many who disagree and will claim that every single woman was fought for in the 1848 Women’s Movement. Historical figure Susan B. Anthony was one of these activists that believed so. Anthony says this, “I will cut off this right arm of mine before I will ever work or demand the ballot of a negro and not the woman (Wesleyan.edu).” Contrary to how powerful this was to the feminists around her, it was flawed. Claiming that you will fight for all women, despite the time period you are in living in, means that you fight for every race/ethnicity as well. Anthony’s phrasing contradicted itself. Though it was indirectly stated, Anthony is truly only fighting for white women, and white women only. The implication of such comes from the still racial slur, “negro.” This population of African-Americans is full of children, men, and most critical in this circumstance, women. If Anthony is claiming that she fights for all types of women, the idea of not fighting for the blacks should have been eliminated from her statement, due to “negro” women falling under, ” the women,” category. Whether Anthony was fighting for women being able to vote, or to simply, but complicatedly, close the wage gap, she should not have excluded black women from this process, with her statement, and her activism.Today, in the 21st century, white feminism continues to exist. Women such as Mia Mingus, an LGBT, disabled, Korean and Pacific Islander woman, is persistently pushing to end this. Mingus recognizes what she has that others do not, and vice versa. “I have a level of mobility that many disabled folks don’t have and I know it is a huge reason I am visible (hellogiggles.com),” states Mingus. Due to her being able to open her eyes and see the perspective of others similar to her, Mingus has a better, and stronger, inclusive relationship with feminism. Along with Mingus is Laverne Cox, a black, transgender woman, and social figure. She fights against not only misogyny, but also the high rates of homicide dealing with transgender, women of color (everydayfeminism.com). Cox pushes the idea that not all women are heterosexual or born as women. As a key supporter in LGBT rights, Cox represents all areas of the spectrum, another vital idea in intersectional feminism. Together, Mia Mingus and a Laverne Cox are bringing about the issue of white feminism as they do not shield out women of color, those involved in LGBT, or those of a disabled manner. This is merely a fraction of what could have been, and what should have been, the case in 1848.Though centuries of this radical idea known as feminism has brought about more powerful ideas, there are flaws and contradictory statements constantly made, many similar to the one of Susan B. Anthony. By 1848, the women’s march was pushing for women to have the same civil rights as the men surrounding them, as the men ruling the United States of America. However by this 19th century era, and still existing in the 21st century, the blacks, especially black women, were excluded from any civilian activities and rights. White feminism just showed barely a fraction of such a detrimental issue. If one voice had spoken up, had chosen to accept any and all women, including those of another part of the womanly spectrum, the 1848 movement could have been something much more. All women are apart of history, but without them being accepted from the entirety of the 19th century and on, they are simply women, and nothing more. 1848 should have been the peak of feminist intersectionality.