RECAP: 8/26 G+ Hangout: Latinas and Equality: Politics, Culture, and the F* Word (*As in Feminism)

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On August 26, 1920, women were finally granted Women’s Equality Day, a giant leap in the fight for gender equality. 94 years later, though, women find themselves in an never-ending fight for what should be considered basic human rights:

  • Earning equal pay for equal work
  • Control over our own bodies, the right to choose and even access to birth control
  • A place at the corporate table. We are still virtually invisible in corporate leadership, elected office and government
  • What’s worse, we’re still debating whether the fight for equality is even necessary!

And I’m just talking about women in general. Looking a little deeper, the situation for women of color is borderline desperate. Despite significant advances, Latinas, African Americans and women from other disenfranchised groups find themselves facing unique barriers in their quest for equality, not just within dominant mainstream society, but also within their own families and culture.

In honor of this day, I hosted a hangout with some of my amigas poderosas: Veronica Arreola, Director of the Women in Science & Engineering Program at the University of Illinois at Chicago and Founder of Viva la Feminista, and Kimberly Inez McGuire, Director of Public Affairs at National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health. They discussed everything from the pay gap, whether or not ‘mainstream’ feminism has allowed a proper space for women of color, to recent pop culture moments that have brought ‘women of color’ feminism back into the national conversation (Beyonce and Sofía Vergara, anyone?)

WATCH THE FULL CONVERSATION HERE:


SOME OF MY FAVORITE QUOTES FROM THE HANGOUT:

  • “We need to realize that there is not one single feminist movement.” ~ Veronica Arreola [TWEET THIS!]
  • “As Latinas we embrace this weird middle ground between white feminism and black feminism.” ~ Veronica Arreola [TWEET THIS!]
  • “When you disengage the name, the label from the movement, from the actions, we lose part of our history.” ~ Veronica Arreola [TWEET THIS!]
  • “A lot more young Latinas would identify with feminism if they knew about some of the great work that Latina leaders are doing today.” ~ Kimberly I. McGuire [TWEET THIS!]
  • “Even if they don’t identify as feminist, if they’re willing to do the work and fight for our rights, for our health, they can call themselves whatever they like as long as we’re in the fight together.” ~ Kimberly I. McGuire [TWEET THIS!]
  • How are we showing younger latinas these examples, showing them that ‘you too can be poderosa’? ~ Kimberly I. McGuire [TWEET THIS!]

ORGANIZATIONS WORKING ON LATINA ISSUES MENTIONED DURING THE HANGOUT:


SOME OF THE GRAPHICS SHARED DURING THE HANGOUT:

UNEQUAL PAY DAY FOR BLACK AND LATINA WOMEN (via Center For American Progress *)

Unequal Pay Day for B+L

(*Layout slightly modified to fit the blog)

THE UNDERREPRESENTED LATINA – (Via National Hispanic Leadership Agenda)

The-Underrepresented-Latina

 

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