Conflict: African American Women and the New Dilemma of Race and Gender Politics

Conflict: African American Women and the New Dilemma of Race and Gender Politics

Conflict: African American Women and the New Dilemma of Race and Gender Politics

Conflict: African American Women and the New Dilemma of Race and Gender Politics

Synopsis

This in-depth examination looks at African American women's navigation of the interlocking obstacles of race and gender specifically within the political arena.

Excerpt

Black men decry racism, women decry sexism, Black women decry half as much
despite being hit twice as hard
.

—Cindy Hooper

Today, African American women can stand proudly on the legacy of millions of humanists: men, women, and even children of various races and ethnicities who laid the groundwork for the world that many have the opportunity to thrive in today. Grateful for the sacrifices and the trailblazing that would have prevented any of us in this current day from living the exuberant lives that are led in this new millennium, we pay homage to the indebtedness of so many throughout our history.

The new millennium Black woman has vast amounts of opportunity that her forbearers could only imagine. Black women are the chief executive officers of Fortune 500 companies, mayors of major cities, Nobel Prize winners, Olympic gold medalists, and now a Black woman stands tall as the first lady of the United States. the world has changed dramatically since the first Africans were brought to the shores of America. There are Black women in positions of power and influence that their ancestors could only dream of.

For the first time in history, the first lady of the United States is an African American woman. Oprah Winfrey, media mogul and one of the most influential and wealthiest people on the planet, is an African American woman. African American women are now in power positions to influence not only the nation, but also the world.

When Forbes announced the 25 power women of the 2010 midterm elections, Michelle Obama was the only African American woman on the list. She campaigned for numerous Democratic Party candidates during the midterm election season including in key battleground states. in some . . .

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