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Black Women and Politics in New York City$
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Julie A. Gallagher

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780252036965

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252036965.001.0001

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(p.191) Conclusion
Black Women and Politics in New York City

Julie A. Gallagher

University of Illinois Press

This concluding chapter recounts the great strides made by African American women in the United States between the 1910s and the 1970s and discusses their progress in more recent years, such as the breaking down of racialized and gendered barriers to political power. At the same time it returns to Chisholm's story and her wistful assertion that “Someday the country will be ready” for an individual who was both black and a woman to run for the presidency. Moreover, the chapter discusses how the history of black women's political activism between the 1910s and the 1970s offers some complicated lessons for activists in more current times, and suggests that, while improvements have been made over the decades, there are still many issues that need to be addressed today—not just in politics, but in other aspects of black women's lives.

Keywords:   racialized barriers, gendered barriers, politics, Shirley Chisholm, black women, political change, African American women, political activism

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