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Summer Class Series on the History of Radical Politics, Part III: Feminism

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The third installment of the Public School’s “Radical Traditions” series continues with a “History of Feminism” class. This class aims to offer a brief survey of American feminism beginning with the anti-slavery abolition movement to contemporary, third wave feminism. While the “wave” framework is often used to describe feminist history, it centers white, privileged, heterosexual women’s feminist work as the universal feminist experience throughout time. This class hopes to complicate this basic framework by also highlighting different feminist movements and thought by women of color, queer and trans* folks, as well as the revolutionary feminisms of anarchists and Marxists.

The readings for this meeting are as follows: Becky Thompson’s “Multiracial Feminism: Recasting of Second Wave Feminism” (2002) ( and a suggested reading excerpt from Angela Y. Davis’s, Women, Race and Class entitled “The Anti-Slavery Movement and the Birth of Women’s Rights” (1981) (will be posted soon). 

The format of the class will be a small presentation, a discussion of the readings and a general conversation/Q&A. 

Most importantly, the desire of this class is to inspire folks to continue reading and interacting with feminist thought as another liberatory tool to critically engage and deconstruct our patriarchal, racist, capitalist society.

Sunday, August 17, 2014 - 04:00
The Public School Los Angeles, 951 Chung King Road, 90012 more
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