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Ashley Farmer: The Black Women Intellectuals and Activists Who Revolutionized Black Power

In a talk titled, “The Black Women Intellectuals and Activists Who Revolutionized Black Power,” Farmer will provide an overview of well and lesser-known black women radicals, their theories of racial justice, and the effects of their ideals on the scope and trajectory of the Black Power Movement. Drawing on a vast and untapped array of black women's artwork, political cartoons, manifestos, and political essays that they produced as members of groups such as the Black Panther Party and the Congress of African People, Farmer’s talk shows how black women activists reimagined black womanhood, challenged sexism, and redefined the meaning of race, gender, and identity in American life.

Dr. Farmer earned a Ph.D. from Harvard University in African American Studies and History and a BA from Spelman College in French. Her dissertation, entitled "What You’ve Got is a Revolution: Black Women’s Movements for Black Power" explores African American women’s political and intellectual writings during the black power movement. Through close examinations of the political speeches, pamphlets, and drawings of women in organizations like the Black Panther Party and the Congress of African People, she argues that African American women developed gender-specific political identity models that connected their gendered interests to black power ideology. Ultimately, her research shows that African American women successfully promoted gender equality as a central component of radical movements for racial equality. Farmer’s scholarship serves as a foundation for interpreting how women of color have historically organized around issues of gender inequity and for incorporating gender equality as part of movements dedicated to ending racial and economic disparities.

Farmer was a postdoctoral fellow at the Clayman Institute in 2013.



Monday, March 5, 2018. 04:15PM


Stanford Humanities Center, Levinthal Hall


The Clayman Institute for Gender Research and Stanford Humanities Center


Open and free to the public. Please see RSVP here.