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Old-Age Justice and Black Feminist History: Sojourner Truth’s and Harriet Tubman’s Intersectional Legacies

In 1989 Kimberlé Crenshaw coined the term intersectionality to center black women’s experiences of “compounded” subordination at the nexus of race and sex discrimination.1 In the thirty years since, intersectionality has become a primary framework in women’s studies and a key methodology through which historians seek to account for the development of gendered racial capitalism.2 During that time, Crenshaw’s own analysis has shifted to better account for the significance of chronological age and life stage.

Recent Publications by Assistant Professor Matthew Chin

In collaboration with Caribbean International Resource Network, Matthew Chin coordinated the Digital Collection Launch of the Jamaica Gaily News (1977-1984), the publication of the anglophone Caribbean's first self-proclaimed gay activist organization, the Gay Freedom Movement in Jamaica. The event was sponsored by WGS, the Carter G. Woodson Institute for African and African American Studies and the Center for Global Inquiry and Innovation. 

Racializing Emasculation: An Intersectional Analysis of Queer Men’s Evaluations of Sexual Assault

Please join us in celebrating Doug Meyer’s recent publication in the highly regarded journal Social Problems just this past October.  See below for the citation and link to the piece.  Congratulations, Doug! 

 

Doug Meyer. 2020. “Racializing Emasculation: An Intersectional Analysis of Queer Men’s Evaluations of Sexual Assault.” Social Problems.  https://doi.org/10.1093/socpro/spaa053

Farzaneh Milani, Professor of Middle Eastern & South Asian Languages & Cultures and Women, Gender & Sexuality

May 21, 2020 -- Bridget Murphy

Dear graduating students, we, in the Department of Women, Gender, and Sexuality, are proud of you and your accomplishments. You never lost sight of your scholarly goals, yet at the same time, you continued to be some of the most socially conscious and politically alert students at this university. We salute your commitment to the welfare of the world we live in. We admire your unflinching dedication to the creation of a non-violent world for all. Go on, my friends, be a seeker after knowledge and enlightenment, after compassion and justice.

Bonnie Hagerman, Director of Undergraduate Programs and Assistant Professor, General Faculty, Women, Gender & Sexuality

May 21, 2020 -- Bridget Murphy

To the WGS Graduates of 2020–

This is undoubtedly a challenging and stressful time, but I encourage you to remember the words of Wilma Rudolph, three-time Olympic gold medalist in 1960:

“Never underestimate the power of dreams and the influence of the human spirit. We are all the same in this notion: The potential for greatness lives within each of us.”

Thank you for sharing your greatness and your spirit with WGS; you have inspired us with your dedication and passion. Hold onto those dreams and make sure you stay in touch in the months and years to come.

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In 1989 Kimberlé Crenshaw coined the term intersectionality to center black women’s experiences of “compounded” subordination at the nexus of race and sex discrimination.1 In the thirty years since, intersectionality has become a primary framework in women’s studies and a key methodology

In collaboration with Caribbean International Resource Network, Matthew Chin coordinated the Digital Collection Launch of the Jamaica Gaily News (1977-1984), the publication of the anglophone Caribbean's first self-proclaimed gay activist organization, the Gay Freedom Movement in Jamaica.

Please join us in celebrating Doug Meyer’s recent publication in the highly regarded journal Social Problems just this past October.  See below for the citation and link to the piece.  Congratulations, Doug!