ICYMI: Feminist Friday – Disability Justice is a Feminist Issue

Huge thank you to Angela Carter, Department of Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies, University of Minnesota Graduate Instructor and Ph.D. candidate for facilitating Feminist Friday: Disability Justice is a Feminist Issue! Thank you also to everyone who joined us!

In case you missed it, our Feminist Fridays are monthly Women’s Center events dedicated to discussing and advancing gender equity on our campus.  This December Feminist Friday was the last date for fall semester until we start back up in spring semester!

This image shows the room of Angela Carter's presentation, with the powerpoint slides at the from, and the people at desks filling the rest of the space.

Full room for Feminist Friday: Disability Justice is a Feminist Issue with Angela Carter, Department of Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies, University of Minnesota Graduate Instructor and Ph.D. candidate

Angela facilitated a provoking discussion surrounding ableism, the history of disability activism, and feminist disability studies. She explained the many different ways in which ableism is embedded in our society, and suggested ways to start questioning stereotypes of folks with disabilities. Angela emphasized the importance of recognizing ableism when practicing intersectional feminism, and how this will further lead to a more inclusive society.

This image shows a quote by bell hooks that facilitator Angela Carter shared as part of her presentation. The quote reads, "I came to theory because I was hurting - the pain within me was so intense that I could not go on living. I came to theory desperate, wanting to comprehend - to grasp what was happening around and within me. Most importantly, I want to make that hurt go away. I saw in theory then a location for healing." In front of the presentation, people are seated.

Feminist Friday: Disability Justice is a Feminist Issue facilitator Angela Carter shared this bell hooks quote as part of her presentation.

One of the questions during Q&A was about what we could do, as U of M community members, to make this campus more accessible. Angela suggested that we all work in our own spaces to continue conversations about disability justice, especially those that center people with disabilities. For example, notice when your instructors, coworkers or student groups are taking action to make their spaces more accessible.

Taking this great advice forward, check out these upcoming events that Angela shared with us, and let us know in the comments if you have other ideas!

Feminist Disability Studies Final Presentations
December 20, 2016. Starts at 1:30 pm. 115 Ford Hall. For access or accommodation requests, please contact Angela asap at carte489@umn.edu. More info here (PDF): z.umn.edu/1b3q

Critical Disability Studies Collaborative – UMN has several upcoming events in spring 2017, check out more info here (PDF): z.umn.edu/1b3p

 

In solidarity,

Women’s Center Staff

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