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Author and public speaker Mikki Kendall believes that today’s feminist movement has a glaring blind spot, and paradoxically, it is women. Mainstream feminists rarely talk about meeting basic needs as a feminist issue, but food insecurity, access to quality education, safe neighborhoods, a living wage, and medical care are all feminist issues. All too often, however, the focus is not on basic survival for the many, but on increasing privilege for the few.

When feminists fail to prioritize these issues, it exacerbates the age-old problem of both internal discord within the movement, and women who balk at carrying the title of “feminist.” Moreover, prominent white feminists broadly suffer from their own myopia about issues like race, class, sexual orientation, and their ability to intersect with gender. How can we stand in solidarity as a movement, Mikki asks, when there is the distinct likelihood that some women are oppressing others?

In Mikki’s latest book, Hood Feminism, she takes aim at the legitimacy of the modern feminist movement, arguing that it has chronically failed to address the needs of all but a few women. Drawing on Mikki’s own experiences with hunger, violence, and hypersexualization, she delivers an irrefutable indictment of a movement in flux and issues a ferocious clarion call to all would-be feminists.

Join Mikki and CIIS Professor and Program Chair Danielle Drake for a conversation about feminism and learn to live out the true mandate of the movement in thought and in deed.

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