The Intersections Of Race and Gender In The Experiences Of African American Women

Open Access
Author:
Beechay, Sarah Anne
Area of Honors:
Women's Studies
Degree:
Bachelor of Arts
Document Type:
Thesis
Thesis Supervisors:
  • Maha Marouan, Thesis Supervisor
  • Jennifer Wagner-Lawlor, Honors Advisor
Keywords:
  • intersectional feminism
  • african american studies
  • women's studies
  • gender
  • race
Abstract:
The paper analyzes the ways in which the intersections identities of race and gender informs African American women’s experiences. Beginning with a historical overview of the systematic erasure of African American women’s narratives from American history, the paper seeks to demonstrate the distorted view of African American women in the collective American conscious. State-sanctioned violence is focused on in order to demonstrate the specific dangers and challenges African American women face in activist work as well as interactions with police. Finally, analysis of texts authored by Black Feminists is used to offer a perspective on how to resist the mainstream negative images of black women in the United States.