The “Welfare Queen” Goes to the Polls: Race-Based Fractures in Gender Politics and Opportunities for Intersectional Coalitions

62 Pages Posted: 25 May 2020 Last revised: 2 Jul 2020

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Catherine Powell

Fordham University School of Law

Camille Gear Rich

USC Gould School of Law

Date Written: May 19, 2020

Abstract

As Americans celebrate the 100-year anniversary of the Nineteenth Amendment’s ratification, our celebration would be premature if we failed to reflect on the ways that race has been used to fracture women’s efforts at coalition politics and our understanding of women’s rights. Indeed, a careful reading of U.S. history and contemporary politics shows that although similar rights claims are made across a diverse community of American women, women’s shared interests are often obscured by the divisive manipulation of race. Notably, 2020 is also the 150-year anniversary of the Fifteenth Amendment, which granted the right to vote to Black men. In this Article, we use the coinciding anniversaries of the two amendments as a critical opportunity to direct feminist attention to intersectional questions—to frame this historical moment as a pivot point that explores the mutually constitutive nature of gender and racial subordination in American politics.

Suggested Citation

Powell, Catherine and Rich, Camille Gear, The “Welfare Queen” Goes to the Polls: Race-Based Fractures in Gender Politics and Opportunities for Intersectional Coalitions (May 19, 2020). Geo. L.J. 19th Amend. Special Edition 105 (2020), Fordham Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 3605810, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3605810

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