ICYMI: Feminist Friday – Claiming Intersectional Feminism in a New Political Reality


The Women’s Center held the first Feminist Friday of the semester this past week on February 3, 2017. Feminist Fridays are monthly events dedicated to promoting gender equity and creating community on the University of Minnesota campus. This month’s event was co-sponsored with BMW Black Motivated Women and facilitated by Amber Jones, Education Organizer with MN Neighborhoods Organizing for Change (NOC)

Amber moderated a conversation with Ashley López, Arianna Nason, Shayla Walker, Vanessa Taylor, and Denise Hạnh Huỳnh, about how we ensure intersectionality is central to this “new wave” of feminism. This past election cycle has mobilized thousands to resist sexism as a new political reality emerges that threatens to strip away women’s rights. It has also highlighted the necessity of ensuring intersectionality is not an *addendum*, but the *standard* of our feminism.

If you weren’t able to make it to the event, check out a recording of the discussion if you are interested. Additionally, Neighborhoods Organizing for Change will be releasing a podcast of the discussion, which we will share when it’s available.

The speakers also encouraged audience members to learn more about the various local organizations or movements they represent and/or are connected to:

Amber: MN Neighborhoods Organizing for Change (NOC)
Shayla: Trust Project MN
Vanessa: Black Liberation Project
Arianna: Minnesota Indian Women’s Resource Center
Ashley: Isaiah MN – https://www.facebook.com/ISAIAHMN/
Denise: Release MN 8

Thank you to Amber, Ashley, Arianna, Shayla, Vanessa, and Denise for sharing your wisdom and experiences at the panel, and thank you to everyone who joined us in person and virtually for this event!


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