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Du Bois and Washington on Woman Suffrage

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W. E. B. Du Bois publicly embraced the cause of woman suffrage after he moved north in 1907.

       The signs of awakening womanhood in the world to-day are legion. The best novelists are women. Some of the keenest essayists and graceful writers of verse are women. Women are among the greatest leaders of Social Reforms, and at last in England they are fighting, literally fighting, for their political rights. Of course there are fools a plenty to tell them they don't need the ballot and to feed them the ancient taffy about homes and babies.

-- Excerpt from W.E.B. Du Bois, "Women," The Horizon (December 1909)

6. Du Bois claimed women had become leaders in social reform movements. What reform movements did he mean?

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