Domestic Workers: The Women Who Raised America

Ashley Nkadi | Source: The Root

For Women’s History Month, Jezebel and The Root are partnering for JezeRoot, a series that focuses on women of color, domestic workers and sex workers.

Women

They were women then
My mama’s generation
Husky of voice—Stout of
Step
With fists as well as
Hands
How they battered down
Doors
And ironed
Starched white
Shirts
How they led
Armies
Headragged Generals
Across mined
Fields
Booby-trapped
Ditches
To discover books
Desks
A place for us
How they knew what we
Must know
Without knowing a page
Of it
Themselves

— ALICE WALKER

Every February and subsequent March, it becomes painfully clear how ignorant we are regarding on whose shoulders we stand, for how could we know, when the gatekeepers of America’s legacy are so eager to erase marginalized communities—both our plights and our contributions—from the pages of American history? How could we know, when our narratives were buried under tales of George Washington and his cherry tree, and our inventions were purposely and purposefully erroneously credited to our oppressors?

Full article at The Root

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