Hood Feminism: Notes from the Women That a Movement Forgot

Viking. Feb. 2020. 288p. ISBN 9780525560548. $26. SOC SCI
In this collection of essays, Kendall (coeditor, Hidden Youth) explores how feminism has not acknowledged the many ways in which race, class, and sexual orientation intersect with gender. Through a biographical lens, Kendall examines how issues like food security, access to education, safe housing, and health care connect to feminist concerns, and ponders why they continue to be ignored by mainstream feminists. Reflecting on her experiences being raised by her grandmother, a woman described as a feminist who would never have called herself one, Kendall draws parallels between the unwritten rules she learned growing up and the disconnect many women of color still feel from white feminists. Whether she’s discussing pop music, her patriarchal grandfather, or the number of women of color who go missing, Kendall combines her personal experiences with data and statistics to create a compelling narrative and call to action and change.
VERDICT A frank account of who and what is still missing from mainstream feminism that will appeal to readers of women’s and African American studies, and readers seeking a better grasp on history.
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