Document Type

Honors Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


African & African-American Studies

Committee Chair

Ladrica Menson-Furr


There are many factors already identified that scholars argued paid a contribution to differences within Black and white feminists such as racism within early women's movement groups and white feminists' dodging of the race question as it relates to Black women's rights. However, this research looks at group identity arrangements of Black and white women on the meso-level that influences the development of the two feminist ideologies and their activism. It argues the existence of a process-like social phenomena that determines how the schism between Black and white women occurs, beginning with the way in which Black and white women arrange their group identities. These identity arrangements are responsible for the development of their group's feminist ideologies and activism. Ultimately, the differences within their group identity arrangements lead to differences and contrasts within Black and white women's feminist ideologies and activism. These differences and contrasts create issues between the two groups of women while attempting and working together in women's coalitions.


Undergraduate Honor's Thesis

Library Comment

Honors thesis originally submitted to the Local University of Memphis Honor’s Thesis Repository.