The Role of Women and African Americans in WWI. IB 20 th Century Topics. Opportunities for African-Americans in WW1. “Great Migration.” 1916 – 1919 500,000 War industries work. Enlistment in segregated units. WW I: The Great Migration.
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A unit of the Women's Defense League drills in its camp at Washington, D.C. Although some in the women's suffrage movement refused to support the war effort until women were granted the right to vote, other suffragists took a role in mobilizing women into the war effort and used women's support as an argument in favor of their enfranchisement.
Just as women used their participation in the war effort to fight for their rights, African Americans also hoped to use the war to improve their status. Leaders like W. E. B. Du Bois and the NAACP officials protested strongly when initial mobilization plans did not include African Americans.