The topic on civil rights movements is perhaps one of the most equivocal topics that have generated a contentious debate across various settings all over the globe. Worth noting is the fact that the Civil Rights Movement is a remarkable period in the history of the United States. It is during the period of the Civil Rights movement that American citizens of different “walks” of life came together to protest about a wider array of racial inequalities that were eminent across various settings in the United States. Many at times, men are often depicted to be the only ones who made significant contributions towards the success of civil rights movements. However, there is the need to appreciate the fact that women were also involved in various activities that made significant contributions towards the success of the civil rights movements.
As previously connoted herein, women are often overlooked despite the decisive roles they played during the civil rights movement period. In fact, women advocated for the cause of the civil rights movement whereby they worked tirelessly towards the realization of social revolution. In addition, some of the women risked their lives by participating in civil rights strikes, which predisposed them to a wider array of dangers. Even so, the recent past has experienced the emergence of a new clique of Historians who appreciate the roles played by women during the civil rights movement period. In a nutshell, African-American women and other women from racial minority group offered pivotal support for the civil rights movement. An example of a woman who lost her life while participating in the civil rights movement battles is Rose Park’s. This is a substantive example that indeed women played a crucial role in the civil rights movement by participating in causes that put them in compromising situations.
The other role played by women during the civil rights movement period aligns with the support they gave to their men who were in the forefront advocating for racial equalities. These women motivated their men to press on advocating for their interests. In fact, there are cases whereby the wives of various prominent civil rights movement leaders were involved in the struggles for racial liberation. Examples of such women include the wives of Myrlie Williams, Shabazz Betty, and King Scott. The wives of these prominent leaders were highly involved in the civil rights movement. On a similar note, a close look of the portraits taken in the course of the civil rights movement period shows a number of women were involved in the movement. In fact, girls and women are all over the portraits taken throughout the civil rights movement. This is another substantive indicator that women played some essential roles during the civil rights movement period.
The other role played by women during the civil rights movement also relates to the individual roles they played in encouraging each other to participate in the quests of the civil rights movement. As an example, some women personalities such as Piggy Vera, a beautician kept encouraging racial minority women on the need to register as voters. Certainly, voting was one of the goals set to be attained by the civil rights movement. In addition, racial minority women who served as domestic workers boycotted their work in protest for racial equality. On another note, women participated in the civil rights movement by urging the official in various cities to integrate various societal issues to be in line with the civil rights movement cause.
There is the need to know that women played a role in the civil rights movements by offering financial support. To be precise, women participated in various activities that raised money to support the cause of the civil rights movement. As an example, women sold pies, cakes, and arranged car pools to raise money to support civil rights movement activities. Arguably, the main reason as to why women are never appreciated for participating in the civil rights movement because the women carried out background roles. These background roles included food preparation for the men activists. In addition, women played a role of training young activists. On a similar note, the women helped in developing strategies for the civil rights movement.
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