124. Double Jeopardy: Black Feminism

Posted on 21 May 2023

Toni Cade Bambara, the Combahee River Collective, and Awa Thiam critique white feminist and black nationalist failures to recognize the unique struggle of the black woman.

Further Reading

• T. Cade Bambara: The Black Woman: an Anthology (New York: 1970).

• B. Guy-Sheftall (ed.), Words of Fire: an Anthology of African-American Feminist Thought (New York: 1995).

• A. Thiam, Black Sisters, Speak Out: Feminism and Oppression in Black Africa, trans. D.S. Blair (London: 1986) [originally published as La Parole aux Negresses (1978)]

• M. Wallace, Black Macho and the Myth of the Superwoman (London: 1978).


• W. Breines, “What’s Love Got to Do with It? White Women, Black Women, and Feminism in the Movement Years,” Signs 27 (2002), 1095-1133.

• W. Breines, The Trouble Between Us: An Uneasy History of White and Black Women in the Feminist Movement (Oxford: 2007).

• K.-Y. Taylor (ed.), How We Get Free: Black Feminism and the Combahee River Collective (Chicago: 2017).

• B. Thompson, “Multiracial Feminism: Recasting the Chronology of Second Wave Feminism,” Feminist Studies 28 (2002), 336-60.


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