In Bell Hooks’ “SISTERHOOD: Political Solidarity Between Women” (1986), she emphasizes the importance of political, if not ideological, unity. In order to affect change, a cohesive movement will possess more strength than a fragmented one. In another class of mine, we have been learning, too, about the absolute necessity of political solidarity concerning the Civil Rights Movement in the United States. If I have learned anything, it is that Bell Hooks is exactly right, and her logic should be applied to any and all social movements.
So for what are WE–each of us–responsible? Our responsibility is to care. Grassroots movements are not only powerful, but are also an extremely accessible tool for us as college students. One of the advantages that women have, as a non-minority “minority,” is in our numbers. But the struggle for womankind should extend beyond women, of course. Because we are in a day and age where grassroots movements are so feasible with the development of new technologies, we have a responsibility to be actively vocal about the changes we desire to see in ideas about gender, sex, sexual identity, the media, and more: the louder the voice, the greater the chance that it is heard.
Hooks, Bell. (1986). “SISTERHOOD: Political Solidarity Between Women.” Feminist Review. Vol. 23. Pages 125-138.