Woman of the Month is a feature on my blog where each month I highlight a woman in the world who I think garners recognition. I started this mainly to increase Girl Power and empowerment, and because there’s a lot of women I feel are overlooked and I wanted to bring attention to them.
This month I’m highlighting Audre Lorde.
Audre Lorde is an African-American author, feminist, civil rights activist, and librarian. She was part of the LGBTQ+ community in university, and was proudly “crazy and queer” her whole life (her words). When she graduated, she held workshops for young, black undergrad students to discuss civil rights movements.
She was a founder of the Women’s Coalition of St. Croix, an organization that assists women who have survived sexual abuse and intimate partner violence. In the late 1980s, she also helped establish Sisterhood in Support of Sisters in South Africa, which helped black women who were affected by apartheid and other forms of injustice. There are also currently several foundations and groups dedicated to her, including a hospital for LGBTQ+ persons and a literary award for lesbian poets.
I found this quote from her that I really enjoyed and I feel like sums up my thoughts on intersectional feminism very well.
For the master’s tools will never dismantle the master’s house. They may allow us temporarily to beat him at his own game, but they will never enable us to bring about genuine change. And this fact is only threatening to those women who still define the master’s house as their only source of support.
Thanks for reading! xx