From the Suffragettes to the Women’s March: Feminism For Everyone

October 12, 2017 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm | Flaherty Community Room (204 Basile Hall)

In 2000, American author and activist bell hooks, published a guide to feminist theory, entitled: Feminism Is For Everybody. Nearly 20 years later, hooks’ central message—that feminism benefits not a select group but everyone in society—remains more a goal to strive for than a reflection of reality. While feminism ideally unites all people in a fight for lasting equity, feminist movements in America have typically centered around the rights of a select few, namely: white, wealthy, heterosexual, able-bodied women. 

To address this exclusionary history and to theorize ways feminism can truly include everybody, Assistant Professor of English Eden Wales-Freedman considers representations of feminism in both literature (from Margaret Mitchell’s Gone With the Wind to Jordan Peele’s Get Out) and life (from the activism of the suffragettes to the 2017 Women’s March on Washington). Ultimately, the talk exposes the dangers of fractured feminisms to explore how people of all identities can stand united, so that feminism truly is for everybody, and equal rights are shared by all.

This event is part of the 2017 Fall Faculty Series — Divided We Fall: Finding Common Ground in a Fractured Age.

Assistant Professor of English Eden Wales-Freedman joined the Mount Mercy faculty in 2016 where she is currently developing an interdisciplinary minor in Diversity Studies.



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