An extraordinary cohort of women was sworn into Congress earlier this week. There is much to celebrate, but Brenda Choresi Carter reflects on how much work there is yet to be done: “I look forward to when reflective political leadership is as unremarkable as the white male domination of our current system.”
Lindsey Yoo discusses the need for a more inclusive feminism
Yoo illustrates the often overlooked irony of todays feminist movements in actually isolating other women. The conversation around “women of color” easily excludes the voices of those who fall out of the black-white binary: Asians, Arabs, Latinas, Native Americans to name a few. She highlights the failures of the #solidarityisforwhitewomen movement in addressing this deficiency. The dismantling of racial hierarchies, she argues, can only be done when the voices of all women of color are heard and legitimized. As an example, Yoo points to the selective criticisms prominent feminists present, such as praising Orange is the New Black for its portrayal of race and gender whilst failing to mention the inadequate and racist representation of Asian female characters in the show. She illustrates how “women of color” can forward the social agendas of a minority who fit narrow public perception, despite upholding the illusion of being an inclusive movement as it stands today.
In this highly engaging article, Yoo ultimately pointing towards the need to foster true solidarity within the women of color and feminist communities by fully embracing the far-reaching diversity within these groups. Read the full article here.
“Illustrated Women Who Can” is a blog series created by artist Yaansoon, inspired by her work with a Syrian refugee she encountered a few years ago whilst working with Oxfam. An ongoing work in progress, it features 20+ women Yaansoon met in over 20 countries and their unique ideas about beauty, justice and power. Her work focuses on the universal nature of the “woman condition”, which cuts across cultures, languages and borders.
“White is not the default; it is not the centre of the universe, and as such the whole premise that colour is an attribute that can be attached to anyone who is not white, should fall apart.
“I have Trump to thank for this essential transformation in my perspective… Thanks to him, the words “Enough is enough” became my personal mantra.”
“[living in Zaatari Camp] is really exciting for me. I don’t say this to other refugees here, because they won’t like my ideas and my ambition, but I am happier here than I ever was in my village!”
Every narrative is inspiring and empowering in its own way, reflecting values of resilience, compassion, bravery, understanding, love and respect. For the full blog posts and upcoming updates, click here.