Associate Dean Sonja Givens Edits Book Exploring Social Challenges for Women of Color; Published by Lexington
By Helen Edelman, manager, Exchange
April 9, 2014
Contemporary research on the lives and experiences of women of color tends to neglect the influence of women’s perceived access to voice as they manage tensions related to race, class, and gender. "Underserved Women of Color, Voice, and Resistance: Claiming a Seat at the Table," edited by Sonja M. Brown Givens, associate dean, Niagara Frontier Center, and published by Lexington Books, contributes to current dialogues that construct black feminist theory as active, critical engagement within dominant American institutions that oppress women of color in their daily lives.
According to Givens, women of color face unique social challenges that exist at the intersections of race, gender, class and sexual orientation. While some challenges are common to women of color, others reflect the distinct journey each woman makes as she negotiates her identity within her family, professional circle, social and romantic relationships and community. The editors have constructed a rich collection of voices in this work exploring the politics of women of color across various social contexts.