All About bell hooks: A Visionary Feminist

All About bell hooks: A Visionary Feminist

When intellectual work emerges from a concern with radical social and political change, when that work is directed to the needs of the people, it brings us into greater solidarity and community. It is fundamentally life-enhancing. From Breaking Bread: Insurgent Black Intellectual Life by bell hooks and Cornel West bell hooks is a social critic…

How To Create Your Self-Care Day: A Detailed Guide

How To Create Your Self-Care Day: A Detailed Guide

Those of us committed to social justice are old friends with exhaustion. Akwugo Emejulu and Leah Bassel’s essay on ‘The politics of exhaustion’ explores how women of color activists prioritize collective needs above their own and engage in unsustainable care work that inevitably leads to their burnout. You can’t pour from an empty cup. The…

28 Intersectional Feminist Podcasts to Decolonize Your Mind

28 Intersectional Feminist Podcasts to Decolonize Your Mind

I’m crazy about podcasts. I have them all queued up and it makes me look forward to washing the dishes and folding the laundry just so I can plug into my favorite shows. Over the years, I have listened to numerous podcasts that either center intersectional feminist activism or apply an intersectional feminist lens to…

Intersectionality in the Workplace: Creating Justice, Not Diversity

Intersectionality in the Workplace: Creating Justice, Not Diversity

Intersectionality has become a buzzword in recent years. Depending on who you ask, intersectionality is either: A scholarly theory An advanced level of wokeness Black women Anyone who is ‘multiply marginalized’ A critique of white feminists and white feminism These multiple and conflicting definitions have also been used as prescriptions for corporate diversity and inclusion…

Teaching Intersectionality: Activities and Resources

Teaching Intersectionality: Activities and Resources

In my years teaching intersectionality, social justice, and diversity in universities, I’ve seen the challenges of introducing such complex and messy subjects to my students. I’ve fallen into countless pitfalls, seeing group discussions trigger marginalized students and descend into tears. Over time, I experimented with different ways to introduce intersectional feminism constructively and sensitively in…

5 Foundational Practices for Teaching Social Justice in the Classroom

5 Foundational Practices for Teaching Social Justice in the Classroom

Social justice, intersectionality, and diversity are necessary and important topics to introduce in classrooms, but when you’re underprepared, lessons can become difficult, triggering, and destructive. Learning about social justice prepares students to understand and challenge power and oppression in the world. It also helps young people to recognize the full humanity of marginalized people, especially…

Leadership for Social Justice: Practicing Intersectional Feminism

Leadership for Social Justice: Practicing Intersectional Feminism

Leadership is a dirty word. In 2020, we saw the ways leadership contributed to a deeply divided world. The 45th President of the United States, whose time in office was memorably characterized by Muslim-bans, border detention centers, and promises of ‘the wall’, empowered white extremists and exacerbated public anger over persistent racial injustice. Across the…

How to Set and Maintain Boundaries for Sustainable Activism

How to Set and Maintain Boundaries for Sustainable Activism

Setting and maintaining better boundaries is vital to our health, safety, and wellbeing. Having firm boundaries are especially important for intersectional feminism because burnout is one of the most common perils of social justice activism. Boundaries are the framework in which we take responsibility for our own emotions and actions and relinquish responsibility for the…