Vol. 26, No. 3: The Women’s Issue

Vol. 26, No. 3: The Women’s Issue

From suffrage and sovereignty to discos and dugouts. “This issue of Southern Cultures takes the centennial as a springboard to reflect on political power, women’s activism, and civic cultures,” writes guest editor Jessica Wilkerson. “From the point of view of women who lived, worked, struggled, created in, and sometimes fled the South, the authors here explore women’s intellectual and embodied relationship to place.”

Front Porch: The Women’s Issue

by Marcie Cohen Ferris

“As we witness their labor and listen to the rising voices of women, we see resolute strength, vigilance, outrage, art, and agency.”

Pointing a Way Forward

by Jessica Wilkerson

“The history of suffrage in the South—indeed, the nation—is messy and fraught, and more contentious than is typically remembered.”

Remembering Ida, Ida Remembering

by Beth Kruse, Rhondalyn K. Peairs, Jodi Skipper, Shennette Garrett-Scott

“Wells-Barnett helped lay the foundations for both the modern civil rights and women’s movements and shaped the post-Reconstruction discourse on social justice.”

“The Laws Have Hurt Me”

by Adriane Lentz-Smith

“Much changed over the course of the freedom struggle in how African Americans pursued rights and how segregationists defended white democracy, but sexual violence remained central to asserting white power.”

Holding On

by Andrea Morales

“The boundaries of traditional documentary tend to encourage a certain rigid empathy. When I was learning, it seemed like an emotional calculus I would never master.”

“Come Out Slugging!”

by Rachel Gelfand

“‘Give me an A-A, give me an L-L, give me an F-F, give me an A-A! Whattaya got? Dykes, dykes, dykes!’”

“Saving the Life That Is Your Own”

by Keira V. Williams

“‘In order to be able to live at all in America I must be unafraid to live anywhere in it.’”

How to Become a Woman

by Gregory Samantha Rosenthal

“Womanhood—how people experience being women—is an expansive historical category that includes more than just women.”

To Belong Aquí y Allá

by Maggie Loredo, Perla M. Guerrero

“‘I wasn’t aware that I was an undocumented person. And also wasn’t aware that all those people were undocumented. I just knew that they didn’t speak English and they needed support.’”

“No, You’re Not Going to Shut Me Up”

by Cynthia R. Greenlee, Renitta Shannon

“I got to about twelve minutes, and the Speaker said the lady needs to wrap up her speech. And I just kept talking over the Speaker. So then about a minute later, the Speaker cut my mic.”

In Place to Make Change

by Jennifer Standish, Calissa Vicenta Andersen, Siani Antoine, Flannery Fitch, Kyende Kinoti

“‘I don’t think this is political, I think this is fact—we need to highlight that the struggle isn’t over.’”

Enshrining Proud Shoes in Brick and Mortar

by Hilary N. Green

We shall endure / To steal your senses / In that lonely twilight / Of your winter’s grief. —Pauli Murray, “To the Oppressors,” 1939


by Crystal Simone Smith, Sheila Smith McKoy

"pool hall— / I beat the hajibed / woman’s husband”