The European women’s movement showed women in a precarious position as European men were crafting a new civilization. White women had to protest to be included into the design of Western Civilization as the development of that civilization loomed. Different events enabled women to vote and embellished the belief that they belong to the confinement and maintenance of the house. Great Britain’s philosopher and economist, John Stuart Mill, was instrumental in advocating for the inclusion of women in all areas. In America, Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, worked tirelessly for rights for white women but with no acknowledgement of non-European women. Anthony and Cady’s work would inspire the 19th Amendment of the American Constitution that solidified the inclusion of women into geo-political movements.
The women’s rights movement in America excluded non-European women because both Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony held racist views. Planned Parenthood founder, Margaret Sanger, also openly voiced her racist mentality toward Afro-people. Then there was Margaret Thatcher’s war on the Falkan Islands in Argentina in 1982. These women are part of a bigger narrative that shows white women as enablers of slavery and colonialism, racism, and the rule-of-law. In 2016, a young, white female by the name of Abigail Fisher challenged the implementation of affirmative action that has been in effect since 1961. Under the John F. Kennedy’s administration and the journey toward achieving the Civil Rights Act for African-Americans; Affirmative Action was implemented to ensure fairness in education and jobs. Fisher was looking to eliminate the order without acknowledging the reasons why affirmative action became an executive order.
It takes evaluation of historical evidence to show the correlation of what was happening in the past to modern-day activities. White women calling the cops on Hispanic and Black males for petty reasons and white women in power positions like Kirstjen Neilsen, who ignored the plight of Latin-American women and children in ICE custody, are connected to a history that shows white women as equal supporters of racism. Plus, who can forget the daunting image of white women walking behind Elizabeth Eckford as she walked to a de-segregated school in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1957.
The legacy of racism progressed not only with the imperialistic behavioral patterns of European males but with the assistance of European women.
White women fake tears to law enforcement and the history of unjust prosecution of non-white defenders are conscious acts. Those bogus tears are perfected with the understanding that the law will unleash harsher jail sentences to black defendants. In fact, the history of the rule-of-law has been more about the destruction of Native-Americans/Afro-descent families than executing law-and-order. The law that is preponderantly favored by whites is responsible for legalizing poverty and celebrating the torture and killing of individuals. Without the assistance of white women; racism cannot flourish. It needs the power of more than one person or group to grow, and racism exists because of Europe’s long history of depriving other cultures. Racism derives from the institutional strategies which are implemented by Europeans with the intention to deprive marginalized people of opportunities and identities.
The European women’s movement provided advantages for white women to compete and thrive with their own kind. The movement gave black and Hispanic women no privileges and they continue to struggle to attain sustainable jobs. Consequently, they compete with both white males and females at companies who only hire non-white candidates to satisfy a diversity agenda. Mostly, these oppressed women face the reality of having to persuade white men and women that they are worthy of a job to feed their families. Black and Hispanic women have suffered economically and politically; because of the ideology of white-supremacy and white women are also carriers of that concept. Still, marginalized women are constantly pushing through the two systems of capitalism and racism to improve the conditions of their lives.