Intersectionality Race

Ain’t I A Woman? Black Women and Feminism

Ain’t I A Woman? Black Women and Feminismbell hooksSouth End Press1981

From Wikipedia: Ain’t I a Woman? Black Women and Feminism is a 1981 book by bell hooks titled after Sojourner Truth’s “Ain’t I a Woman?” speech. hooks examines the effect of racism and sexism on black women, the civil rights movement, and feminist movements from suffrage to the 1970s. She argues that the convergence of sexism and racism during slavery contributed to black women having the lowest status and worst conditions of any group in American society. White female abolitionists and suffragists were often more comfortable with black male abolitionists such as Frederick Douglass, while southern segregationalists and stereotypes of black female promiscuity and immorality caused protests whenever black women spoke. hooks points out that these white female reformers were more concerned with white morality than the conditions these morals caused black Americans.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: sexism and the black female slave experience
Chapter 2: continued devaluation of black womanhood
Chapter 3: the imperialism of patriarchy
Chapter 4: racism and feminism: the issue of accountability
Chapter 5: black women and feminism