However, Maria Stewart, a black woman, was the first American woman to address women's rights in public in 1832 -- not Lucretia Mott, not Elizabeth Cady Stanton. And Frederick Douglass became the first American man to address women's rights a few years after that.
That's right. Feminism began among black women before white women in the U.S. And this makes perfect sense. Black women and black men had to do what they had to do regardless of fashionable gender roles -- when we were first brought here.
There are posts on this blog that cover this same information in a lot more detail, a lot of it from the book "When and Where We Enter." But if you can put up with a perky white woman giving laying out some black women's history, you'll get a thumbnail sketch of the true black origins of American feminism a lot more quickly.
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