Cindy Hooper is the author of the just released book, Conflict: African American Women and the New Dilemma of Race and Gender Politics (Praeger, 2012), an in-depth examination of the growing influence of women and women of color in American electoral politics.
When: Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012
Time: 4:00 PM -5:30 PM
Where: Washburn Heritage Room
1000 Edgewood College Drive, Edgewood College
For the first time in our nation’s history in 2008, a white woman and an African American man competed for a major political party’s nomination for the office of the presidency of the United States. Time and again, this question has been asked:
Would African American women support the African American candidate or the female candidate in this critical 2008 presidential election?
Surveying the history of black women in American politics, including their roles in both the Women’s Suffrage and Civil Rights Movements, and focusing on her research on the 2008 presidential election, Hooper ponders the extent to which African American women’s electoral decisions have been shaped by race or gender politics.
Ultimately, what Hooper reveals is not just a choice between race and gender but black women’s stand-point on contemporary issues that affect their overall quality of life. As African American women emerge as a significant political power, we are invited to consider: What is the role of identity politics in this year’s election? Will black women, women of color, and women voters at large be able to make history again?
Part of the Edgewood College School of Integrative Studies celebration of the Ethnic Studies major launch in 2012-2013, this event is co-sponsored by the Center of Multicultural Education and Ethnic Studies, COR General Education Program, Women’s and Gender Studies Program, and Social Justice Education Series.
Be sure to take a look at our previous lectures as well and keep an eye out for more to come!