Lifting As We Climb | Evette Dionne | Book Review

Lifting As We Climb: Black Women’s Battle For The Ballot Box by Evette Dionne is such an important book. I am a student of women’s studies. I have my master’s degree in the field. However, I still feel like my knowledge is limited, and I am always looking for ways to add to it.

More times than not when a discussion of women’s right to vote occurs, the focus is predominately on the white women who pushed forward and won the right. The discuss of the others who helped along the way is usually pretty limited. Lifting As We Climb is an intersectional look at women’s voting rights through US history. It focuses on the black women who helped women achieve the ability to vote all while fighting against societal racism and sexism themselves.

The women who are discussed within this text were not only having to to defend themselves from society but also from the other women in the group. Many of the white women leaders often pushed back against the black women. Yet these women kept moving forward and continuing to push for equality both within the voting booth as we as outset of it. Even after the 19th amendment was passed, many of these women continued to push forward and fight for further justice rulings as such the Civil Rights Act. And they have inspired so many of the women who are continuing the fight today.

Lifting As We Climb is a really good source of American history. It is well researched and easy to read and understand. It provides both a good introduction to the subject as well as allows for more detailed thought. The parallels to the events of the past and the things that are happening today in terms of voter suppression is truly scary. Hopefully by educating each other and using resources such as this one, we can work together as a society in order to eliminate those things from happening.

Rating: 4 Stars

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