Synopses & Reviews
When and Where I Enter
is an eloquent testimonial to the profound influence of African-American women on race and women's movements throughout American history. Drawing on speeches, diaries, letters, and other original documents, Paula Giddings powerfully portrays how black women have transcended racist and sexist attitudes--often confronting white feminists and black male leaders alike--to initiate social and political reform. From the open disregard for the rights of slave women to examples of today's more covert racism and sexism in civil rights and women'sorganizations, Giddings illuminates the black woman's crusade for equality. In the process, she paints unforgettable portraits of black female leaders, such as anti-lynching activist Ida B. Wells, educator and FDR adviser Mary McLeod Bethune, and the heroic civil rights leader Fannie Lou Hamer, among others, who fought both overt and institutionalized oppression.
When and Where I Enter reveals the immense moral power black women possessed and sought to wield throughout their history--the same power that prompted Anna Julia Cooper in 1892 to tell a group of black clergymen, "Only the black woman can say 'when and where I enter, in the quiet, undisputed dignity of my womanhood, without violence and without suing or special patronage, then and there the whole . . . race enters with me.'"
“The best interpretation of black women and race and sex that we have” Women's Review of Books
“A triumphant study.” Publishers Weekly
“The first historical study of the relationship in America between racism and sex.” Kirkus Reviews
In her landmark appraisal of black women's unsung contributions to the struggles for racial and sexual equality, Giddings draws on speeches, diaries, and letters of influential black women, including Zora Neale Hurston, Ida B. Wells, and Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm, to reveal how black women have transcended the double discrimination of being both black and female. "A triumphant study".--Publishers Weekly.
Includes bibliographical references (p. -393) and index.
About the Author
Paula Giddings, a graduate of Howard University, is the author of When and Where I Enter: The Impact of Black Women on Race and Sex in America. She has worked as an editor for Random House and Howard University Press, as Paris bureau chief of Encore American and Worldwide News, and has written numerous articles for newspapers and magazines.