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League Lit (Raleigh Group) - Gender and Jim Crow

  • League of Women Voters of Wake County 3509 Haworth Drive, Suite 306 Raleigh, NC 27609 (map)
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Book: Jim Crow and Gender: Women and Politics of White Supremacy in North Carolina, 1896-1920

Author: Genda Elizabeth Gilmore

This book discussion is part of our series of events in 2020 in commemoration of the centennial of the 19th Amendment and the 100th anniversary of the League of Women Voters. Gender and Jim Crow explores the pivotal role of black women’s activism during the Jim Crow era that disenfranchised both black men and women. The book includes a discussion of black women’s tenuous relationship with white women on some issues as well as the marginalization of black women in the women’s suffrage movement. In its review, the Washington Post Book World said the following:

"In this stunning reclamation of some largely bypassed aspects of Southern history, Glenda Elizabeth Gilmore casts a vivid light on the nexus of race, gender and power in North Carolina from the late 19th century through the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment (which gave women the vote) in 1920. Gilmore's finely crafted, engrossing book puts women at the center of its inquiry."

Our League Lit book discussion groups select readings that enrich participants’ knowledge and enjoyment of American culture, politics, and history. Members take turns facilitating the meetings. Leaguers enjoy getting to know each other while examining different perspectives. Book discussions are open to all LWV-Wake members. For more information or to RSVP for this event, contact Jan Ramquist at

Note: We have two book discussion groups. The Raleigh group meets in the League office and the Western Wake group meets at locations in the western part of the county. Make sure you go to the correct location for each session!

Earlier Event: June 4
LWV-Wake Summer Social
Later Event: August 25
Women's Equality Day Reception