International Women's Day

WHAT INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY MEANS TO ME

Reading Time: 5 minutes In educating myself on women’s rights and feminism, International Women’s Day (IWD) presents an opportunity to acquire further knowledge. To learn from those leading the charge.  Looking into its history, I have learned IWD started in 1909 by a Socialist Party of America in support of women’s demand for better working conditions in the garment industry. It evolved in 1910 into…

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Women & Class, Women's History

FEMINISM’S INTERACTION WITH CLASS

Reading Time: 9 minutes Students at Warwick University recently reminded us that “racism is class”.This is valuable insight into the thinking of young white men. Racism, sexism and class are relevant ideals today. Ideals invented to obtain and keep power, for the few. But what does class mean for women? How is feminism defined in a class system?  CLASS CATEGORIES HAVE BEEN REIMAGINED BUT…

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Women & Race

What does “women’s progress” mean in a racist culture?

Reading Time: 9 minutes The works of Shulamith Firestone (A Dialectic of Sex), Audre Lorde (The Master’s Tools Will Never Dismantle the Master’s House), Angela Davis (Women, Race & Class) and Reni Eddo-Lodge (Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race) all demonstrate how race and sex are interlinked.  The message I take from these writers, is that eliminating sexism is inseparable…

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Women & Culture

The True Cost, a film about fast Fashion and its impact on women’s development.

Reading Time: 6 minutes I recently watched the 2015 film documentary, The True Cost, on Netflix by Andrew Morgan. A critical examination of the industry known as fast fashion. A film that left a lasting impression on how I view clothes. I am sharing this in the hope you too will watch it and it’ll have the same impact on you.  Fundamentally, the film is…

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Violence Against Women, Women & Race, Women's History

What can we learn from the limited account on the role of black women in the fight for equality?

Reading Time: 8 minutes I am starting to question my limited knowledge of the contribution of black women in challenging inequality. Have I been relying on accounts that perhaps too often exclude their work and experiences? If included, rarely painted as leaders? As role models? Accounts that imply black women have had no significant role in the freedoms we all enjoy today.   I…

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