WOMANISM

Why White Women in America Honor Their Whiteness Over Womanhood

It’s not women’s interest that’s guiding their policy attitudes

Allison Wiltz
7 min readJul 9, 2024

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Some parents place mittens on infants’ hands to prevent them from scratching themselves as they sleep, unintentionally causing harm. However, as we grow older, we seldom need such guardrails, as self-preservation is natural. That’s why it’s so perplexing to learn that many White women support candidates who oppose women’s rights. For instance, Mark Robinson, a Republican gubernatorial candidate for North Carolina, expressed a desire to return to a time “when women couldn’t vote.” And, yet, some may be surprised to learn that he made this announcement in a room full of conservative White women. Why would these women cast their vote for a candidate who openly fantasizes about stripping them of their rights? It seems these White women are making a conscious decision to honor their whiteness over their womanhood.

This wouldn’t be the first time. As many White women became slave owners in America, opposed the 15th Amendment, which secured voting rights for Black men, and segregated their women’s rights marches to exclude Black women from their advocacy. In the modern era, White women have raised awareness of the lasting impact of the gender pay gap, but not the racial…

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Allison Wiltz

Black womanist Scholar bylines @ Momentum, Oprah Daily, ZORA, GEN, EIC of Cultured #WEOC Founder allisonthedailywriter.com https://ko-fi.com/allyfromnola