A Feminist a Day: bell hooks

Who is she?

bell hooksbell hooks (born Gloria Jean Watkins) is an American writer and feminist, who adopted the name of her maternal great-grandmother, Bell Blair Hooks.

bell is best known for two highly influential books – Ain’t I a Woman?: Black Women and Feminism (1981) and Feminist Theory: From Margin to Center (1984).

Ain’t I a Woman? examines the impact of racism and sexism on black women, while Feminist Theory: From Margin to Center talks about mainstream feminism’s tendency to have white, middle-class professional women as the movement’s spokeswomen, excluding the voices of women of colour, or poor women.

bell’s work is seen as a crucial contribution to post-modern feminism, and sparked new, crucial debates on the inclusiveness of feminism and feminist theory. She continues to argue for solidarity between class and race – and that if liberation for women is truly to be achieved, men must play a role.

Why should we thank her?

bell hooks played a key role in highlighting the lack of diversity in mainstream feminist activism and theory, and continues to campaign for empowerment of women that is accessible to women of different races and classes.

Best quote

“The soul of our politics is the commitment to ending domination.”

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A Feminist a Day: bell hooks

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