IN SEARCH OF SISTERHOOD PAULA GIDDINGS PDF

Early life[ edit ] Paula J. Giddings grew up in a predominantly white neighborhood in Yonkers, New York, where she regularly and systematically experienced isolation and racism from her white neighbors. These experiences would deeply shape her entree into activism as a teen and young adult. One example of this is through her participation in Freedom rides in the s. Education[ edit ] Giddings enrolled in the historically Black college, Howard University in , to gain a sense of community that she was refused in her hometown [3]. It was at Howard that she gained insight into her Blackness as it shaped her writing, politics, self-esteem, pride, and appearance in ways that continued after she graduated and throughout her career [3].

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Early life[ edit ] Paula J. Giddings grew up in a predominantly white neighborhood in Yonkers, New York, where she regularly and systematically experienced isolation and racism from her white neighbors. These experiences would deeply shape her entree into activism as a teen and young adult. One example of this is through her participation in Freedom rides in the s.

Education[ edit ] Giddings enrolled in the historically Black college, Howard University in , to gain a sense of community that she was refused in her hometown [3]. It was at Howard that she gained insight into her Blackness as it shaped her writing, politics, self-esteem, pride, and appearance in ways that continued after she graduated and throughout her career [3]. Activism[ edit ] As a teen in Yonkers, Giddings personally experienced racism and also witnessed the collective racism and violence against African Americans that lead to and occurred in reaction to the Civil Rights Movement.

This led her to participate in the movement as a Freedom Rider. In an interview with filmmaker and civil rights activist Judy Richardson [3] , Paula Giddings discussed how this set the stage for her desire to understand both oppression and resistance to it, a theme that would recur through her own activism and writing. As a student at Howard, Giddings was part of a group of students who worked against sexism , colorism , and classism that they saw as rampant on their campus.

These students used their activism--including protests and a takeover of the administrative building--to push the relatively conservative Howard University into adopting a number of more progressive changes and policies around greater inclusion and representation of Black culture and Black students across skin color, gender, and social class [4].

Her activism continued after she graduated and was also international in its reach. As one example, in , she travelled to South Africa where she had the opportunity to meet leaders of the Anti-Apartheid Movement [1]. She continues to be described " as an agent for change [5] " based on her commitment to ensuring the inclusion of African American women in discussions of American history and feminism in particular. The title of the book was derived from the work of African American activist, feminist, educator, and sociologist, Anna Julia Cooper.

This symposium was featured in an issue of Ms. Magazine published that same year [2]. It also focused on the women who founded and joined it. This book has been recognized for its depth and its focus on the cultural, economic, historical, social, and political influence of Delta Sigma Theta and its members [7] [8]. Wells and the Campaign Against Lynching within the academy as well as in the popular sector. In this role, she recognized that the series producers failed to recognize African American women feminists as she reviewed lists of names that classified feminists as white and civil rights activists as Black.

In , she was a National Book Award Judge for nonfiction works, based on her own prowess in that arena [12]. From until her retirement, Giddings served as the senior editor of Meridians, Feminism, Race, Transnationalism, a peer-reviewed, feminist, interdisciplinary journal that publishes traditional scholarship and creative works produced by and about women of color in the United States and internationally [13].

A member of its council, in , Giddings was inducted in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences [7] [14]. After a distinguished career in academia that included teaching at colleges and universities including Princeton University, Rutgers University, and Spelman College, Giddings joined the faculty of Smith College in At Smith, Giddings served as the department chair and honors thesis adviser of the Africana Studies Department. In , as a recognition of the legacy she built in her career, Giddings was invited to deliver the Charter Day Convocation Speech [11] at her alma mater, Howard University.

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