Link to herstoryatbrown interviews on soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/herstoryatbrown
Why this project?
As Brown students interested in student activism on college campuses, we wanted to explore the different resistance movements/ student activism that happened on our own campus. We wanted to share the beauty and strength of these initiatives created by our fellow Brown students who preceded us. Moreover, we want to inform current students about the ways former Brown students tackled existing inequalities and fought to eradicate these oppressive social constructs on campus.
Why A People’s Herstory?
We, the creators of this page, took a course at Brown University with Professor Naoko Shibusawa and Professor Vazira Zamindar in Spring of 2014 titled “AMST1904V/HIST1977Q Decolonizing Minds: Towards a People’s History of the World.” The title of our webpage pays tribute to the title of the class but also seeks to challenge history as a word and as a concept. The Merriam-Webster definition of the word herstory is “history considered or presented from a feminist viewpoint or with special attention to the experience of women.” Keeping this definition in mind, we’ve collected narratives, articles, and other forms of multimedia that focus on the experiences of women of color at Brown University.
Why Women of Color?
We have chosen to focus on women of color in an effort to shatter the silence around the role they played and continued to play on Brown’s campus since the start of their collective herstory. As Loretta Ross, cofounder and national coordinator of SisterSong, Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective so poignantly reminds us, the term women of color is “a solidarity definition, a commitment to work in collaboration with other oppressed women of color who have been minoritized.” Though half of our group identifies as women of color, our men of color counterparts understand that when you allow women of color to enter the hatch, the world enters.
The Origin of the Phrase “Women of Color”