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“Women know how to get things done”: narrative of an intersectional movement

Amanda Elizabeth Vickery (Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College, Arizona State University, Glendale, Arizona, USA)

Social Studies Research and Practice

ISSN: 1933-5415

Article publication date: 23 May 2017




The purpose of this paper is to explore how African-American women, both individually and collectively, were subjected to both racism and sexism when participating within civil rights organizations.


Because of the intersection of their identities as both African and American women, their experiences participating and organizing within multiple movements were shaped by racism and patriarchy that left them outside of the realm of leadership.


A discussion on the importance of teaching social studies through an intersectional lens that personifies individuals and communities traditionally silenced within the social studies curriculum follows.


The aim is to teach students to adopt a more inclusive and complex view of the world.



Vickery, A.E. (2017), "“Women know how to get things done”: narrative of an intersectional movement", Social Studies Research and Practice, Vol. 12 No. 1, pp. 31-41.



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