The intersectionality of class and gender in the feminist movement

Intersectionality is an important concept in the feminist movement that acknowledges that different forms of oppression, such as gender, race, class, and sexual orientation, interact and intersect to create unique experiences of marginalization and discrimination.

In the context of the suffrage movement, class played a significant role in shaping the experiences and perspectives of suffragettes. Upper-class suffragettes, who had access to education and resources, often had different priorities and strategies than working-class suffragettes. For example, upper-class suffragettes were more likely to focus on achieving the right to vote through political lobbying and peaceful protests, while working-class suffragettes were more likely to support more radical tactics, such as civil disobedience.

Additionally, working-class suffragettes often faced additional barriers due to their socio-economic status. Many were unable to take time off work to participate in protests or were fired for their activism. They also had fewer financial resources to devote to the cause and were less likely to be able to afford the fines associated with acts of civil disobedience.

However, despite these differences, suffragettes from all classes came together to form a powerful movement for women’s rights. It was only through their collective action and advocacy that women were eventually granted the right to vote in 1918.

It’s also important to note that the suffrage movement was also predominantly white movement, and Women of color faced more obstacles in their fight for the right to vote. Many were excluded from the movement and were not given the same opportunities and resources as white suffragettes.

In more recent feminist movement intersectionality of class and gender were been more prioritized and recognized as important. Many feminist scholars, activists, and organizations now focus on the ways in which different forms of oppression intersect and impact marginalized groups, such as low-income women and women of color. references are here: on paragraphs two and three The suffrage movement being predominantly white:

"The Color of Suffrage: Black Women and the Fight for the Vote" by Martha S. Jones, which provides a detailed history of the role of Black women in the suffrage movement and the ways in which they were excluded from the mainstream movement.
"Shall the Women Vote?" by K. Tsianina Lomawaima, which describes how Indigenous women's suffrage was denied on the basis of their race and citizenship status
"Votes for Women: The Struggle for Suffrage Revisited" by Bonnie G. Smith, which provides a comprehensive overview of the suffrage movement and its relationship to issues of race and class.

Intersectionality in more recent feminist movement:

"Intersectionality" by Kimberlé Crenshaw, which provides a detailed explanation of the concept of intersectionality and its relevance to feminist theory and practice.
"Feminism Unmodified: Discourses on Life and Law" by Catharine A. MacKinnon, which argues for the importance of considering how issues of race, class, and sexuality intersect in the struggle for women's rights.
"A Black Feminist's Search for Sisterhood" by bell hooks, which discusses the author's experiences as a Black feminist and the ways in which issues of race, class, and gender intersect in her life.

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