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February 13, 2018 - 4:15pm
Levinthal Hall
424 Santa Teresa Street, Stanford CA

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Black Strategic Mothering: Intersectional Feminism and the Opt Out/Lean In Movements with Dr. Riché Barnes


You have probably heard all about the ways in which Lisa Belkins’ “Opt-Out Revolution” and Sheryl Sandberg’s “Lean In Movement” lack and shine very little attention on the experiences of women of color. Since their respective publications (Belkin, 2003/2013 and Sandberg, 2010/2013), there have been many critiques of their brand of privileged feminism and lack of intersectional analysis. Attempts by each, to correct these omissions and oversights, if only by including select people of color anecdotes, have fallen short of a deep analysis necessary when considering intersectional, black, or womanist feminism.

In this talk, Dr. Barnes draws from her book Raising the Race: Black Career Women Redefine Marriage, Motherhood, and Community (Rutgers 2016), an ethnographic study of Black career women in Atlanta, GA to discuss the historical development of what she calls “Black Strategic Mothering” as a conceptual tool to think through how Black women have continued to survive and thrive, despite raced, gendered, and classed, oppressions in the work force, in their homes, and in their communities. She applies “black strategic mothering” to three different areas of Black women’s lives: careers, health, and parenting to demonstrate the ways in which current work and family conflict data and debates fail to include Black women and other women of color, for whom work and family strategies have always been different. She also demonstrates how attention to the details of Black women’s lives and the strategies they employ contain lessons for all women in our current neoliberal, precarious economy.

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    • Dean of Pierson College, Yale University
    Riché J. Daniel Barnes, Ph.D. received her B.A. in Political Science from Spelman College, her M.S. in Urban Studies from the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at Georgia State University and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology with a certificate in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies from Emory University. Dr. Barnes is a socio-cultural anthropologist whose research to date has focused on a broad range of...