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9 Books by African-American Women You Should Read for Women’s Equality Day

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9 Books by African-American Women You Should Read for Women’s Equality Day

By Serenity Gibbons  via

Women’s Equality Day is upon us, but that doesn’t mean we don’t have more progress ahead of us. Women in the United States earned the right to vote on August 26, 1920, and black suffragists were key to the success of the 19th Amendment. While African-American men had earned the right to vote with the 15th Amendment in 1870, women—white and black—had not.

African-American women have long been a marginalized group in America. Even today, black women pay a literal penalty: They make 60 cents for every dollar their white male colleagues make. Women overall make 80 cents to that dollar. Over a career, that’s a difference of just under a million dollars.

To honor the oft-neglected perspectives of African-American women, read these books written by black women. They share the experiences and insights of women whose voices may not be heard as frequently but are just as valuable.

Becoming by Michelle Obama:

One of my favorite books of the year, Becomingexplores the former First Lady’s journey, from childhood to the White House. Exploring her own ambitions and strengths as a student and a lawyer, we get insight into how her goals changed over time. We also get a firsthand glimpse into how she navigated territory that  …

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I am a future butterfly at the stage of growth when I am turning into an adult. I am enclosed in a hard case shell formed by love, family, and friends. It is the hardest stage of becoming a black butterfly. You will encounter many hardships only to come out stronger and better than what you went in. At this stage, you are finding out who you truly are and how to love yourself.

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The image of the butterfly has come to define the many expressions of the feminine black consciousness and for a good reason. The butterfly is the perfect articulation of the exquisite beauty of nature. Whether tiny or large, brightly colored or more subdued, the butterfly’s allure is undeniable. Each one displays its own unique patterns and hues, and no one species outshines any other.

Similarly, there is no one ideal image of a black woman -- each is gorgeous in her right. All African-Americans share a glorious history of struggle and perseverance that has funneled into the modern black renaissance. And, like the graceful butterfly, the awakened black woman exemplifies the dazzling beauty of that cultural evolution.

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