White Feminism and Intersectionality

Lesson 1

In this lesson we will focus on the differences between White feminism and a more intersectional approach to feminism. 

This image illustrates the rights that Native American women had before colonization.



The waves of feminism, and why people keep fighting over them, explained



The Combahee River Collective Statement

Seneca Falls Declaration of Sentiments

Choose 1 of the following:

East Asian China Doll or Dragon Lady?




Discussion Questions:

  1. What is your definition of feminism? What has feminism accomplished?
  2. Who was included in the early feminist movement? Who was excluded?
  3. How does White supremacy culture show up in White feminism?
  4. How are the Combahee River Collective statement and the Seneca Falls Declaration of Sentiments similar? How are they different? How is the Combahee River Collective intersectional?
  5. What are some of the different issues that women of color face that White feminism ignores?
  6. How can intersectionality be used beyond race and gender? How can it be used to think about sexuality, class, religion, immigration status, etc…?