Hood Feminism: Notes from the Women That a Movement Forgot by Mikki Kendall

Insightful, incendiary, and ultimately hopeful, Hood Feminism by author Mikki Kendall is an irrefutable indictment of a movement in flux and a clear-eyed assessment of how to save it. All too often, the focus of mainstream feminism is not on the basic survival of the many but on increasing privilege for the few. Meeting basic needs is a feminist issue. Food insecurity, the living wage, access to education, and medical care are feminist issues. The fight against racism, ableism, and transmisogyny are all feminist issues.

How can feminists stand in solidarity as a movement without addressing these issues?

Photo by Dana Richards, Ettakitt

Mikki Kendall is a writer, diversity consultant, and occasional feminist; she has appeared on the BBC, NPR, The Daily Show, PBS, Good Morning America, MSNBC, Al Jazeera, WBEZ, and Showtime, and discusses race, feminism, police violence, tech, and pop culture at institutions and universities across the country. She is the author of the New York Times-bestselling HOOD FEMINISM (recipient of the Chicago Review of Books Award and named a best book of the year by BBC, Bustle, and TIME). She is also the author of AMAZONS, ABOLITIONISTS, AND ACTIVISTS, a graphic novel illustrated by A. D’Amico. Her essays can be found at TIME, the New York TimesThe Guardian, the Washington PostEssenceVogueThe Boston GlobeNBC, and a host of other sites.

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