*H A P P Y I N T E R N A T I O N A L W O M E N 'S D A Y* ...it just hits a little different for black women.
International Women's Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of all women.
Unfortunately, for the black female, this hasn't always been our day of celebration.
The fight for women's rights was initially a 'white only' battle and victory, while black women were not only left out, but excluded all together from this celebration of equality with our white sisters. While we did fight like hell and contribute to the women's suffrage movement considerably (shouts out to my beloved Sorors of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.- Ida B. Wells and Mary Church Terrell, just to name a few), our reward came much later...much, much, later and still fails to hold full value.
"Today, Black women earn 61 cents on average for every dollar a white man makes, compared with 79 cents for white women. Researchers estimate that African American women lose more than $900,000 over their lifetime due to this gender and wage gap. Black women are also less safe: They are three times more likely to experience intimate partner violence and 1.4 times more likely to be killed by police compared with white women"
The above quote is a piece taken from an excellent informative article authored by a phenomenal writer and historian of science, Edna Bonhomme.
Read her entire insightful and profound piece by clicking below:
What is International Women’s Day for Black women?
It is a reminder of the erasure of Black feminist struggles.
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