Rebecca Walker (1969 - ): Photo by David Fenton and Courtesy of Rebecca Walker Jennifer Baumgardner (c. 1970 - ): Photo by Ali Price and courtesy of Jennifer Baumgardner Maxine Hong Kingston (1940 - ):  Photo Courtesy of ? Margaret Sanger (1879 - 1966)Trinh T. Minh-ha (1952 - ): Courtesy of UC Berkeley Virginia Woolf (1882 - 1941)  
Toni Morrison (1931 - ): Photo Courtesy of ?




Simone de Beauvoir (1908 - 1986)

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The F Word Speaker Series


“I ... have never been able to find out precisely what feminism is; I only know that people call me a feminist whenever I express sentiments that

differentiate me from a doormat.” ~ Rebecca West ~

In the last twenty years, “feminism” has become a term that men have begun to apply to themselves more often and that young women have often resisted. What exactly is feminism?  The F Word speaker series begins to find out by asking staff, faculty, and administrators on campus to discuss why they consider themselves to be feminists.

February 2007: Dean Jane Jakoubek, Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty

March 2007: Ruby Pentsil-Bukari, Director of Intercultural Life

Abstract: Feminism cannot be understood independent of context. While the fight for equal rights of the sexes is still relevant in the 21st century US, Black feminism or Africana womanism is equally relevant to the Black African. What the feminism movement stood for has benefited many women including women like me working and actually getting paid in the US.  My hope is that feminists of the west broadened the noble quest for egalitarian relationships to include all races and classes. Personally, I  look forward to the day when feminists all over the world would actually  have their children carry their names as well, so it would be the Pentsil Bukari family and not only the Bukari family, and to the day when women will not lose their maiden names once they get married.  Someone may say: “what’s in a name’? To those I say: “What’s not in a name”?, To me that is equal opportunity. From a heterosexual perspective, I also think of the day when women can ask for men’s hand in marriage or propose to men for marriage and not have to explain to society why this is an equal opportunity.

April 2007: Professor Stacy Cordery, Chair of the Department of History




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