Understanding Black Feminism/Womanist Women around the globe experience life in different ways. No one experience is the same. Knowing this somehow women around the world can relate to one another from struggles all of us for having a vagina have been through. Although some cases may be harsher than others, it is all the same concept. We can connect to other women because we have those feelings as well.
Black Feminism is a more family-centered approach to equality for females. It is the acknowledgement that both sexism and racism have op... ... middle of paper ... ...riad of platforms. Africana womanism makes sure to commend Africana women for their ability to remain strong and play pivotal roles in society being active and assertive in a variety of ways. All in all, Africana womanism sought to celebrate the ways in which women discussed and battled oppressions not only in their individual lives but also as a whole. It allowed for woman to combat the systems of oppressions that held them back for many years with out having to focus primarily on race or gender.
Have you ever felt discriminated against in the workplace? Usually, women are the most common people that are mistreated in the workplace. There are many reasons why women are discriminated against, but none of them are excuses for women for not being successful. Women face sexism by getting less pay than men, not getting promoted as equally as men, and facing other gender stereotypes, but sexism can be solved by women confronting their internal and external barriers and finding people that can help women. Women have to face problems because of their gender.
They restrain their success at work because they feel guilty about their achievements at home. Black women experience subordination at work when they struggle to be hired. They also work harder than others to prove the stereotypes wrong. Yet, they get paid less for similar work and they are sometimes disregarded for promotions. 3.
Also I will discuss the important historical figures that are womanists. I think the issue is important because the common misconception is that a womanist and a feminist are the same thing but they are totally different. A womanist is more family oriented and feminists are dealing with the empowerment of themselves. Clenora Hudson-Weems wrote “Africana Womanism: An Historical, Global Perspective for Women of African Descent” and it was about womanism. Another word for womanism is feminism, and feminism is defined as the empowerment of woman.
For example, if a woman is able to enter a job traditionally for men, she will still not receive the same pay or experience the same increase in occupational ability. Gender typing plays a huge role in the workplace. It is the idea that women tend to hold jobs that are low paid with low status. Women are not highly considered in leadership positions because of social construction of gender. Society has given women the role of “caretakers” and sensitive individuals.
The next problem women face is unfair pay. The U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics found that women working 41 to 44 hours per week earn 84.6 percent of what men working similar hou... ... middle of paper ... ...ld. Women are most often stereotyped as only being nurses or other lower-end health professionals. There is a huge difference between the percent of males and the percent of females when it comes to more advanced medical fields. A study conducted by Reed and Fischer found that women are not promoted at the same rate as men in medical fields.
A perspective that was relatively secretive during Jacobs’ time. Jacobs’ narrative focuses on subjugation due to race but it also portrays many women an strong and often open roles. Women in these roles were minimal and often suffered for their outspoken roles. Harriet Jacobs’ narrative is a powerful statement unveiling the impossibility and undesirability of achieving the ideal put forth by men and maintained by women. Jacobs directs her account of the afflictions a woman is subjected to in the chain of slavery to women of the north to gain sympathy for their sisters that were enslaved in the south.
The adversities that black women encounter in this country are caused by the societal ideals of femininity. In American culture, though a woman can be as independent and successful as she desires, she must still conform to certain womanly ideals such as submissiveness, sexual secrecy, repressed passion, and maternity. Any deviation from these ideals leads to conflict and scrutiny. In the film, "And Still I Rise," the commentators discuss the difference between black woman and woman of other races. It is their inversion of such qualities that make them unique and interesting but also causes struggle.
Their involvement in various Women's Groups has also helped to create a better image for black women. Throughout their lives, they have shown that whatever obstacles a good black woman may face, you can never keep her down! Bibliography Cooper, Anna J. A Voice From the South. New York: Oxford University Press, 1988.