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  • In: Encyclopedia of Identity
  • Edited by: Ronald L. Jackson II & Michael A. Hogg
  • Subject:Self & Identity, Identity, Self & Identity

Womanism is a form of feminism that focuses on the perspectives and experiences of women of color. As a term, it has an often-quoted genealogy. In 1983, Alice Walker coined the term with a four-part definition in her text In Search of Our Mother's Gardens. The first part of the definition emphasizes the importance of women's handing down their wisdom from one generation of women to the next. The second part of the definition stresses communal thought and action. ...

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