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Kyla Schuller, "The Trouble with White Women: A Counterhistory of Feminism"

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Big Blue Marble welcomes Kyla Schuller and her book on racism within Feminist movements and the woman of color who have always resisted.

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Big Blue Marble welcomes Kyla Schuller for a discussion about the history of racism within Feminist movements, "The Trouble with White Women: A Counterhistory of Feminism." Kyla will be in conversation with guest Sarah Mesle, Senior Editor at Los Angeles Review of Books.

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An incisive history of self-serving white feminists and the inspiring women who've continually defied them. Women including Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Margaret Sanger, and Sheryl Sandberg are commonly celebrated as leaders of feminism. Yet they have fought for the few, not the many. As award-winning scholar Kyla Schuller argues, their white feminist politics dispossess the most marginalized to liberate themselves.

In "The Trouble with White Women," Schuller brings to life the two-hundred-year counter history of Black, Indigenous, Latina, poor, queer, and trans women pushing back against white feminists and uniting to dismantle systemic injustice. These feminist heroes such as Frances Harper, Harriet Jacobs, and Pauli Murray have created an anti-racist feminism for all. But we don't speak their names and we don't know their legacies. Unaware of these intersectional leaders, feminists have been led down the same dead-end alleys generation after generation, often working within the structures of racism, capitalism, homophobia, and transphobia rather than against them.

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Kyla Schuller is Associate Professor of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and Faculty Director of the Women's Global Health Leadership Certificate Program at Rutgers University--New Brunswick. She is the author of "The Biopolitics of Feeling: Race, Sex, and Science in the Nineteenth Century" (Duke UP, 2018), and her writing has appeared in The Rumpus, Los Angeles Review of Books, and Post Road.

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Big Blue Marble is an Independent Bookstore in the Mt. Airy neighborhood of Northwest Philadelphia. We opened in 2005, and are proud to house a curated collection of diverse books for our diverse, progressive, book-loving community. We host more than 200 events a year, including author visits, writing classes, book clubs, readings, a Kids' Literature Festival, and more.

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