From Sabotage to Support: A New Vision for Feminist Solidarity in the Workplace

From Sabotage to Support: A New Vision for Feminist Solidarity in the Workplace

From Sabotage to Support: A New Vision for Feminist Solidarity in the Workplace

From Sabotage to Support: A New Vision for Feminist Solidarity in the Workplace


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Women are acculturated within systems that encourage them to sabotage one another; this book shows how they can break free of this cultural programming and use whatever privilege and power they have to raise each other up.

Joy Wiggins and Kami Anderson advocate that the only way women can successfully support each other is by addressing the varying intersections of our individual power and privileges, particularly focusing on how some privileges are inherited along lines of race, class, sexuality, and geography. When we fully examine how we have power in certain situations and not in others, we start to see where we can lend privilege to create truly inclusive spaces for the historically underrepresented and marginalized.

Wiggins and Anderson look at how the dynamics of privilege and power have played out in the history of the feminist movement and identify and break down socialized behaviors and ideologies that trigger implicit bias and microaggressions. And they provide tools to interrupt negative thoughts and actions so women can nurture mutual support and show up as their authentic selves. Each chapter features a dialogue between them reflecting on how issues of race, privilege, and power have played out in their lives and their friendship.

The system of patriarchy has created an environment for women to knowingly and unknowingly sabotage each other—it is not inherent in women themselves. This book teaches us how to take an active approach to becoming better allies for each other and by so doing improve our world and end the cycle of injustice.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781523098477
Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers
Publication date: 05/14/2019
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Joy Wiggins, PhD, is the founder and executive director of Joy Wiggins, PhD, LLC, a consulting company that focuses on equity, inclusion, and social justice. She received her doctorate from the Ohio State University in multicultural education with a focus on social justice in children's literature. Kami J. Anderson, PhD, is the founder and executive director of Bilingual Brown Babies, a company that focuses on fostering bilingualism in black families. She received her doctorate from Howard University in intercultural communication and culture. She is the author of Language, Identity, and Choice.

Table of Contents


The Path to Liberation 1

Who We Are 3

What to Expect 4

Why This Book? Why Now? 5

Smash the Patriarchy! 8

A Day in the Liberated Life! 12

Moving Forward 14

Chapter 1 A Brief History of Feminist Movements 17

First-Wave Feminism from 1800 to 1920 18

The Second Wave: Civil and Reproductive Rights 23

The Third Wave: Power Feminism and the Beauty Myth 30

The Fourth Wave: Intersectionality 32

Action Steps 37

Chapter 2 The Pervasive Patriarchy 41

What Is Patriarchy? 42

The Effects of Socialization 45

Women in Leadership 48

200 Percent 49

Socialization and Double Consciousness: The Other Side of the Coin 51

Action Steps 57

Chapter 3 The Power of Privilege 59

Through the Lens of Race 61

Deconstruct What You Think You Know 66

Checking Our Privilege 68

Power as a Tool for Sabotage 70

Action Steps 76

Chapter 4 Moving Through and Within 79

Implicit and Explicit Bias 81

Microaggressions 85

White Fragility 88

The Myth of Intercultural Solidarity 91

Action Steps 96

Chapter 5 Self-Care and the Path to Empowerment 99

Defining Empowerment 100

Disempowerment: The Masks We Wear 101

What Does Empowerment Really Look Like? 106

Action Steps 112

Chapter 6 Support for Solidarity 115

A Look Back 116

Authenticity 118

Recruitment and Retention 121

Accountability Policies and Procedures 123

Professional Development 124

The Wage Gap 125

How Can You Be an Ally? 126

Action Steps 130

Chapter 7 Support for Transformation and Liberation 133

Liberation Has Always Been a Possibility 134

Allyship and Liberation 136

Affinity Groups for Support and Empowerment Woman Power Up! 139

Repairing and Reconciling 143

Action Steps 148

Conclusion: The Gift of Support 151

Moving from Sabotage to Support 152

Men and Liberation 154

Final Thoughts: Self 157

Final Thoughts: Others 159

Appendix A Terms to Know 161

Appendix B Women to Know 165

Notes 173

Acknowledgments 181

Index 183

About the Authors 193

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