Headlines will feature resources and profiles of CFA members during March in celebration and acknowledgement of Women’s History Month.
Today, CFA’s Womxn’s Caucus co-chairs Anne Luna, Monishia Miller, and Lori Walkington highlights three exceptional women scholars whose work influences and grounds our work through an intersectional lens.
Intersectionality was first introduced as a legal concept by Kimberlé Crenshaw in 1989 when she chronicled the pattern of women unable to get equal representation for their gender and race in discrimination lawsuits.
Patricia Hill Collins and bell hooks elaborated on this concept within their prospective fields in Black Feminist Thought in 1990 and Feminism is for Everybody in 2000, respectively. Originally focused on Black women and girls who face discrimination related to their gender and race, intersectionality as a concept has developed to be inclusive of all people who struggle, often out of sight, at the intersection of multiple marginalized identities.
CFA’s Womxn’s Caucus (as indicated by our updated name) is endeavoring and envisioning our next steps as an intersectional body. In the words of Kimberlé Crenshaw, “(i)ntersectionality alone cannot bring invisible bodies into view. Mere words won’t change the way that some people — the less-visible members of political constituencies — must continue to wait for leaders, decision-makers and others to see their struggles.” Womxn’s Caucus members are leaders in this struggle.
Please join us at our next meeting, March 17 at 6 p.m. to learn more about the important work we have ahead of us.