In the early days of the war most Jews believed that the Germans were “civilized” and would not harm women and children. Because they assumed that only men were in “real danger,” the Jews responded with gender-specific plans to protect and save their men. Thus in formulating their plans for hiding and escape they typically gave priority to the men. Similarly, they gave men priority for exit visas.
One vivid example of the extent to which families believed it was only the men who were in danger—and therefore marshaled their resources to save them—is provided by the arrest statistics from Paris on “Black Thursday,” July 16, 1942. Before the massive roundups in Paris, many Jews had been warned of the impending arrests by the hundreds of policemen, bureaucrats and office workers who were organizing the schedules days in advance. Only a lucky minority of Jews knew the precise details, but many heard general rumors. Because they believed that only men were about to be arrested, most Jewish families tried to save and protect the men by making arrangements for them to sleep at neighbors’ homes or by trying to find someone to hide them, or by obtaining false identity documents, or by arranging their escape to the free zone in the south of France. Because it was assumed that women and children were safe, they remained at home and thus turned out to be the disproportionate victims of the sweeping arrests. On that day 5,802 women and 4,051 children were arrested (compared with 3,031 men) and they were also disproportionately represented in the subsequent deportations to Auschwitz."
Never forget, it was black women who developed “reproductive justice" and a black woman who coined "intersectionality.” Black women have long been at the forefront of civil rights and social justice movements, yet it’s our white activists that get the spotlight.
And I can almost guarantee that the white feminists of yore silenced black feminists with “well all of this infighting won’t get us anywhere.”