Women Roles during the Harlem Renaissance

The Harlem Renaissance consisted of the exposure and acknowledgement of great writers, intellectuals, musicians and entertainers in the black community. Although this new-found appreciation and glorification amongst blacks in Harlem was increasing, the black man’s contribution was especially highlighted while the women’s work seemed to be forgotten or overshadowed. The black woman’s roles varied noticeably from those of their male associates. The ideal role of a woman during the Harlem Renaissance was either a salon hostess or entertainer, admired mainly for their outside appearance rather than the changes made by them, and their dedication to the movement.