Mo’ Alliteration Mo’ Knowledge (Toolbox Tuesday Ref)

As you’ll hopefully soon see, the Campus Women’s Organization is committed to the augmentation of the knowledge of itself as a body and others. On what was called  “Toolbox Tuesday” last week, we worked on beefing up our social justice vocabulary and key players with a game of Jeopardy. Try and learn them all! Just know that not knowing doesn’t make you any less of a person nor does it render you a poor activist. This is just to help us interact better with the system of oppression wholly and improve interactions amongst one another.


  • Widely regarded as the first women’s rights convention, it was held over two days in New York in 1848.
    • Seneca Falls Convention
  • A writer, philosopher, and activist, her best known work The Second Sex is
  • considered a foundational text of contemporary feminism.
    • Simone de Beauvouir
  • A famous women’s suffragist and anti-slavery activist, she and Elizabeth Cady Stanton are two of the women responsible for the Nineteenth Amendment.
    • Susan B. Anthony
  • This famous author, feminist, and activist addresses the connectedness of race, class, and gender, and is best known for her pivotal text, Ain’t I a Woman?: Black Women and Feminism.
    • bell hooks
  • This Black feminist lesbian organization was based in Boston, and was active in the late 1970s. Their most famous statement is a pivotal document in contemporary Black feminism, especially with regard to the concept of identity.
    • Combahee River Collective

“Intersecting Interests”

  • The advocacy of women’s rights on the grounds of political, social, and economic equality to men. *This word is very personal and can have different meanings to different people.
    • Feminism
  • Coined by Kimberlé Crenshaw in 1989. The interconnected nature of all forms of oppression against particular groups and the way they are embedded within existing systems such that they operate in covert and compounded ways.
    • Intersectionality
  • The unilateral subjugation of one individual or group by a more powerful individual or group, using physical, psychological, social, or economic threats or force leading to a hegemony.
    • Oppression (systematic, institutional, social)
  • Unity of a group that is based on interests, objectives, standards, and sympathies. Can also be acting with or communicating support and understanding for a group you don’t belong to.
    • Solidarity
  • Social disadvantage and relegation to the fringe of society. Also known as social exclusion. Ex. Non-heterosexual marriage
    • Marginalization

“Twitter Toolbox”

  • While not a hashtag, this term describes the act of giving agency to a person or group.
    • Empowerment
  • This hashtag was created in 2013, following the acquittal of George Zimmerman. It gained momentum the following year, and seeks to draw attention to police brutality committed against African Americans in the US.
    • #BlackLivesMatter
  • This campaign was started by the company Always, and seeks to remove limitations placed on girls by society, along with the stigma implied by the hashtagged phrase.
    • #LikeaGirl
  • This hashtag offers support to one of the nation’s most prominent reproductive health non-profit organizations. It was created after a series of activists spread false accusations about the organization, aiming to have their health centers defunded.
    • #StandWithPlannedParenthood
  • Created by The Huffington Post in 2014, people shared photos of themselves using this hashtag in order to increase the visibility of this group within the LGBT+ community.
    • #WhatTransLooksLike

“Potent Potables”

  • A member of an advantaged group who takes action against injustice.
    • Ally
  • The experience of freedoms, rights, benefits, advantages, access and/or opportunities afforded members of the dominant group in a society of in a given context, usually unrecognized and taken for granted by members of the majority group, while the same freedoms, rights, benefits, advantages, access, and/or opportunities are denied to members of the minority or disadvantaged groups.
    • Privilege
  • A person’s conception and expression of their self and others’ individuality or group affiliations.
    • Identity
  • When a custom/practice/law is formally embedded in an organization/society. Ex. School-to-prison pipeline: the zero tolerance policy that has caused so many youths to be punished disproportionately, often children of color and children with disabilities. Structural inequality
    • Institutionalized
  • Period of feminist activity during the 19th and early 20th centuries. Focused on legal disabilities, primarily on gaining the right for women to vote.
    • First-wave Feminism

“Final Jeopardy!”

  • This person is CWO’s faculty advisor
    • Ms. Sherdina Harper

Meet Everyone Monday’s Badass Ladies

Remember the name of the twenty-something latin@ activist who fought in favor Planned Parenthood in Texas? How about the black intersectional feminist scholar who is credited for writing “Ain’t I a Woman?” Here’s an easy one: can you name the Supreme Court Justice who has fought tirelessly for the rights of women in the U.S.? If you can’t, we aren’t here to shame you. Nah, we’re here to help you out! Last Monday during CWO’s orientation week, we played a game that involved identifying the names of famous, influential, and equally inspiring women. At the request of many, we are posting the names and descriptions of the many amazing women we talked about to give you the opportunity to learn their names and further research them (if you so choose). Many of these women have been persecuted for their encouraging and revolutionary messages; their tragic experiences do not have to be in vain. Learn their names, and more importantly, share their names with others.

* Laverne Cox

o This trans woman has become an outspoken advocate for all trans people and women of color

o She grew up in Mobile, AL and has reached fame after starting a recent Netflix original series.

* Ruth Bader Ginsburg

o This woman has been a mother, lawyer, and Supreme Court justice who tirelessly advocates for women’s rights.

* Ellen DeGeneres

o This woman made national headlines when she came out on a sitcom that she wrote.

o She now hosts a successful daytime talk show.

* Malala Yousafzai

o This Pakistani teenager has been a tireless advocate for girls’ education rights and opened a school for girls on her eighteenth birthday.

o She also won the Nobel Peace Prize.

* Maya Angelou

o This Black woman worked as a singer, dancer, and eventually became one of America’s best poets.

o One of her most famous works is “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings”.

* bell hooks

o This Black feminist scholar and social activist is best known for her writing on the intersections of race, gender, and capitalism.

o One of her most famous works is “Ain’t I A Woman”.

* Sally Ride

o This woman was the first American woman in space.

* Gertrude Stein

o This artist and write was born in Pittsburgh and spent most of her career in Paris.

o She advised famous artists and writers such as Pablo Picasso and Ernest Hemingway.

o One of her most famous works is a autobiography of her life partner, Alice B. Toklas.

* Sandra Bland

o This woman was a civil rights activist in Chicago and was a part of the Black Lives Matter movement before she was unlawfully arrested and imprisoned and died in prison. Her story joined dozens of other stories of Black lives being wrongfully taken by American police officers.

* Toni Morrison

o This woman is regarded as one of the best American authors.

o She is known for creating complex black characters and highlighting the issues of poverty, slavery, and racism throughout the Jim Crow era and the twentieth century.

o One of her most famous works is Beloved.

* Hedy Lamarr

o This Austrian and American actress invented the technology that became the basis for modern Wi-Fi.

o She also used her interest in technology to aid in the defeat of Nazism.

* Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera

o Though they are little known in history, these two trans women of color sparked the Stonewall Riots, which are now known as the cornerstone of the LGBTQ rights movement. One woman is Black and one is Latina. Name one of these women.

* Wangari Maathai

o She was the first Nobel Peace Prize winner from Africa, specifically Kenya.

o She was the creator of the Green Belt Movement, which works to economically empower women while creating sustainable farming practices.

o She is also a Pitt alum!

* Alison Bechdel

o This woman is a cartoonist and the creator of the Dykes to Watch Out For cartoon strip, which is where the Bechdel test, a test to determine if a show or film has fair representation of women, originates.

* Sadie Hernandez

o This twenty-year-old Latina activist from Texas recently protested the defunding of Planned Parenthood in Texas outside of the governor’s home to maintain access to cancer screenings and other services to Texan women.

o Wendy Davis, who also is known for protesting for women’s reproductive rights, supported Sadie in her efforts and stood with her.

-Pitt CWO