Hearing Our Voice
Woman As Hero Roundtable
Thursday, October 1st
“Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.”— Audre Lorde.
Expressing the lived experiences of an individual to a group is a powerful thing. Consciousness-raising is a form of political activism that allows individuals to express their lived experiences. It was first popularized during the movement for the liberation of Women in 1968 as a meaningful organizing tool. In this Woman As Hero Roundtable we recreated a consciousness-raising circle. Many experiences were shared from stories of women who have to consider whether the worth of attending the meeting outweighed the danger she feels of walking across campus in the dark to get to her car to the courageous account of a person’s intersection of identities between being a woman and having a disability.
Great connections were made and the movement is going strong, and it is stronger because the voices of the oppressed are being heard. This especially felt true upon reflecting on the origins of the feminist movement which prioritized white women. Our choir consists of many different voices.
Keep the conversation going with us! We’ll be meeting next Thursday at 6:30 p.m. in MU 80.