Multicultural Feminism and Sisterhood among Women of Color in Social Change Dialogue

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Abstract:

According to a proverb, "Two are better than one because together they can work more effectively. If one of them falls down, the other can lift her up." This is the essence of a multicultural feminism that encourages dialogue and collective voice to benefit women of Color. Using ethnographic interviews, 24 women of Color in New York City and Los Angeles were asked to support or deny the practice of multicultural feminism as dialogue and communication among women of Color. Results of the research suggests that multicultural feminism does not facilitate dialogue or communication between or among women of Color; that without an easily recognizable reason to communicate the women do not feel the need for dialogue; and that what is communicated to women of Color is that only dialogue with those who have power and dominance can influence social change.

Keywords: ethnicity; feminism; minority women; multicultural dialogue; multicultural feminism; sisterhood; social change; solidarity; women of color

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10646170601147499

Affiliations: Department of Journalism and Technical Communication, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado, USA

Publication date: January 1, 2007

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