Sisterhood in the Struggle: Possibilities Beyond the Colour Line

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Using our personal experiences, this paper will attempt to create and generate a discussion on the possibilities/impossibilities of establishing allies between the races in a white capitalist society. For example, as a Black woman, how do I resolve the history of oppression and continued experiences of inequalities between Black and White women. How do we establish the necessary elements needed such as honesty, respect, authenticity, trust, ability to listen and to be heard, reciprocity, and the unequal/unearned power to create a trusting relationship. On the other hand, how does my White feminist sister, balance the challenges of being a trusted ally given the unequal power afforded her through whiteness.


Keywords: Feminism, Sisterhood, Colonization, Allies, White Privilege, Power, Race
Stream: Identity and Belonging; the Politics of Diversity; Globalisation
Presentation Type: 60 minute Workshop Presentation in English
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Dr. Janet M. Haynes

Assistant Professor, Department of Social Work, Univeristy of Minnesota
Duluth, Minnesota, USA

My current research interest focuses on the social, educational, economic and cultural barriers facing racialized females and men. Another area of interest relates to the lack of Black female academics in areas of education and social work, and its impact on the creation of knowledge and the maintenance of the status quo in social work and school practices. My professional and teaching philosophy centers on a feminist analysis and incorporates an anti-racist/anti-oppressive model of practice.

Dr. Johanna Garrison

Assistant Professor, Department of Social Work, University of Minnesota
Dululth, Minnesota, USA

Dr. Johanna Garrison is an Assistant Professor for the University of Minnesota Duluth's Department of Social Work and Outreach and Curriculum Development Coordinator for the University's Center for Regional and Tribal Child Welfare Studies.

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