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At the Intersections: Abolition and Suffrage in the U.S. (A Case Study for Democratic Dissent)

When Oct 24, 2017
from 03:00 PM to 04:30 PM
Where 102 Burrowes Building (Grucci Room)
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Kathryn Gines

Associate Professor of Philosophy, Founding Director of the Collegium of Black Women Philosophers



This paper explores claims about the abolition and suffrage movements in the US made by Simone de Beauvoir in The Second Sex (1949) as well as by Alva Myrdal in “A Parallel to the Negro Problem” (1944). Gines offers a more expansive counter-narrative with attention to the intersections of racism, sexism, abolition, and suffrage in the scholarship of Ida B. Wells (Crusade for Justice: The Autobiography of Ida B. Wells), Angela Davis (Women, Race, and Class), bell hooks (Ain't I a Woman: Black Women and Feminism), and Paula Giddings (When and Where I Enter: The Impact of Black Women on Race and Sex in America).