Adult Learning and Inclusive Feminism: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives on Social Justice and Political Activism

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In the context of the popular Women's March on Washington and sister marches elsewhere, we analyze the tension between the marches as a valuable political act and a perpetuation of feminism as a space for white, middle-class women. We present short narratives of our own varying experiences with the Women's March—and with white feminists/feminism—as a mechanism for understanding and unpacking the tensions inherent within the present sociopolitical environment. Within the context of this tension, we explore the implications and opportunities for adult education operating with respect to the learning around political activism, inclusive practices for educators and contemporary feminism(s). We conclude with recommendations for action in personal and professional spaces.

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