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March 20, 2015

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You Can’t Sit With Us: The Selectivity of Equality

Before the full analysis is posted Monday, take the time to think over recent statements made by two of Hollywood’s most visible women.


When Patricia Arquette made the above statement during her acceptance speech at this past year’s Academy Awards, her words were predicted to reignite the women’s fight for equality. The disadvantages women face in comparison to their male counterparts have been a major issue in America since its founding. But just as quickly as the fire started, Arquette extinguished it when she made the statement below:

“It’s inexcusable we go around the world talking about equal rights for women in other countries…and we don’t have equal rights for women in America. The truth is even though we sort of feel like we have equal rights in America, there are huge issues that are at play that really do affect women. It’s time for all…and people of color that we’ve all fought for to fight for us now.”

Madonna further added a sting to such logic in a recent interview with Out magazine. She said, “It’s moved along…for the African-American community, but women are still just trading on their ass. To me, the last great frontier is women.”

Arquette and Madonna are clamoring for equality, but they seem to forget that many women are apart of the group that they claim has progressed so greatly. So as an African-American, are my hardships somehow diminished as a woman?

It is a sore division between starting with the women’s suffrage movement and the abolitionist movement that can be traced back to the passage of the 15th Amendment. We will take the time to explore the dilemma from Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Frances Ellen Watkins Harper to Madonna and Michaela Angela Davis.

The quest for equality seems to create a pressure to place one cause before another, although in the end, we all claim to want the same result.

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