TITLE

Women of Color in Leadership

AUTHOR(S)
Zia, Helen
PUB. DATE
June 1993
SOURCE
Social Policy;Summer93, Vol. 23 Issue 4, p51
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article discusses the misconception that the women's movement is a "white" movement. The author claims that this misconception is largely the result of dual phenomena. On the one hand is the tendency of the news media to simplify and reduce social movements to a single image, with one organization and one woman as representative of all women. On the other hand, European-American feminists for many reasons have not done such a good job of dispelling the "white only" myth, whether internally or externally to the women's movement. Also, the author believes that women of color have been integral to the leadership of the women's movement. In the absence of a deliberate effort to reclaim this history, many women of all colors have accepted the notion that the women's movement is white. This adds to the sense of entitlement and ownership of the movement that European-American women may already possess, further disempowering women of color in the process. The author stresses that feminist groups must adopt policies that promote real representation of women of color, some groups, for example, have written such policies into their by-laws.
ACCESSION #
9312062965

 

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