This Author Is Redefining Feminism in the Civil Rights Movement : AAUW: Empowering Women Since 1881
Feldstein holds up Nina Simone, famed singer and songwriter, as a prime example. “When Simone rejected the impulse to ‘talk like a lady’ [in her song “Mississippi Goddam”] … she was saying that women should not have to behave a certain way to be recognized as deserving,” Feldstein said.
“Here and in other songs, Simone staged an assault — simultaneously on racism and on expectations of female propriety. For her, black power was about black female power.”
There is a crucial, ongoing need for this kind of work: reevaluating history and promoting those important voices that get lost or marginalized along the way. That’s why we’re proud to be an investor in Feldstein’s career, and we’re excited to see where she’ll go next. A powerful writer and academic, Feldstein has already seen praise for her book in the New York Times. Here’s to hoping that her text will soon be the norm in teaching — not the exception.