Gloria Steinem Says Black Women Invented the Feminist Movement

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During Black Enterprise's Women of Power Summit in Fort Lauderdale recently, Gloria Steinem acknowledged women of color as the authors of feminism, saying they were the real leaders of the initial push for change. From Stacey Tisdale's interview with Steinem:

"I thought they invented the feminist movement. I've learned feminism disproportionately from black women," Steinem says. "I realize that things being what they are, the White middle-class part of the movement got reported more, but if you look at the numbers and the very first poll of women responding to feminist issues, African American women were twice as likely to support feminism and feminist issues than White women," she adds.

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the White middle-class part of the movement got reported more,

But the problem isn't just that Steinem and Co got reported more, but that the "White middle-class part of the movement" itself was hostile to many priorities of Black feminists at the time.