Racism, Imperialism and Early and Contemporary Feminisms October 23 2013
Gender essentialism – the notion that it’s the essence of women to be the mother.
The belief that there are innate, essential differences between men and women.
“We’re more interested on putting a ring on her finger rather than a ballot in her hand”
Angela Davis asks if these issues were reflective of all the issues that were of concern of women in the
The issues at the Seneca convention did not concern working class women and black women. Davis
mentions the white women who work at the textile mills, Lawrence Manufacturing Company became
known as the Lowell Mill Girls because the company had more women than men.
Sojourner reminded us or introduced us that women is not a monolithic category – all the same.
She introduced the concept of Intersectionality in her speech.
The intellectual origins of the feminist other – Antoinette Burton, 1994 – important article
The term other was introduced by Simone de Beauvoir. The term is used to describe the position of
women in a patriarchal society being the other of men. Used to indicate a subject’s attitude to anything
unfamiliar or unknown to it. Talked about w