Ida Bell Wells-Barnett: Suffragette and Human Rights Activist – a Steampunk Feminist Perspective

Shedding a little more light on the remarkable Ida B. Wells!

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Ida B. Wells-BarnettIda Wells-Barnett was born to be a fighter against injustice. She was born a slave, but the Emancipation Proclamation freed her and her family while she was still just a baby. After the death of her parents from yellow fever, she fought to keep her family together. She fought to gain a tertiary education even while working as a school teacher to support her family. And she fought to keep her place on a train, even as three white men manhandled her to throw her off the train (to the applause of the white passengers). She went on to fight for gender and race equality for the rest of her life.
   What makes Ida so interesting is that she kept on fighting even after marriage and the birth of her children, and even when her life was threatened. In an era when women were known as ‘Mrs Henry Jones’, Ida kept her maiden name and…

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