During the historic Women's March on January 21, women in the US and around the world took to the streets to speak against the misogyny, sexism, disrespectful speech, and the toxic rhetoric of President Donald Trump and his administration. On that day important figures from all areas spoke at the rally. One of them was author, scholar, and feminist Angela Davis.
At the event, the activist gave a remarkable message, probably the most important of all. Davis called for intersectional feminism, which “calls upon all of us to join the resistance to racism, to Islamophobia, to anti-Semitism, to misogyny, to capitalist exploitation.”
Her message is especially important during this political atmosphere where Muslims, Mexicans, Jews, women, refugees, and other minorities are threatened by the policies of the new administration. This International Women's Day will be a special one. On March 8, women around the world will stop and show the powerful voice we are. It’s been coined “A Day Without A Woman.”
In times of fight and resistance, we should look to Angela Davis and her wisdom. Here are some quotes to get you inspired and ready for International Women's Day. They’ll also fuel your energy to keep fighting.
1. Feminism & Abolition: Theories & Practices for the 21st Century, Chicago, 2013.
“Feminism involves so much more than gender equality. And it involves so much more than gender. Feminism must involve a consciousness of capitalism (I mean, the feminism that I relate to. And there are multiple Feminisms, right). It has to involve a consciousness of capitalism and racism and colonialism and post colonialities and ability and more genders than we can even imagine, and more sexualities than we ever thought we could name.”
2. Where Do We Go From Here?, Essence Magazine, January 5, 2015.
“We are in a time of transformation. There is such potential for change. All over this country from Ferguson to New York City to Washington—indeed, in other parts of the world—people are absolutely refusing to assent to racist state violence.”
3. Talking about her book, Freedom is a constant Struggle, Democracy Now!, March 28, 2016.
“And as I’ve pointed out many times, I think it must be extremely exciting to be young now. But it’s also exciting for those of us who are older to see this promise that has emerged in such powerful ways for the first time since perhaps the ’60s and the ’70s.”
4. At the Afrikana Independent Film Festival 2017 in conversations with Tressie McMillan Cottom, February 24, 2017.
“We have to learn how to imagine ourselves when we’re no longer here, imagine our worlds when we’re no longer here. In that context, this little incident with Donald Trump is just a little drop in the bucket.”
5. Women’s March in DC, January 21, 2017.
"This is a women's march and this women's march represents the promise of feminism as against the pernicious powers of state violence. And inclusive and intersectional feminism that calls upon all of us to join the resistance to racism, to Islamophobia, to anti-Semitism, to misogyny, to capitalist exploitation.”
Angela Davis is a great example of resistance and fight during difficult times. In times of despair we should seek inspiration in people like her. Their experiences can guide us moving forward.
Resist, fight, and hope for a better future. Do not be silenced.
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