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Controlling Women: Intersectionality, Leadership, and the Environmental Justice Movement

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This paper is part of a larger project that attempts to marry theories of intersectionality and leadership through an examination of women in the Environmental Justice Movement. Led primarily by women of color, this movement seeks policy redress for unjust distribution of toxic waste sites and industries with toxic emissions. The goal of this work is to create new discourses placing working-class women at the center of analyses, and perhaps yielding new strategies for the organization of all oppressed groups, especially African-Americans. Black women are framed in social and political life as controlling and controlled—aggressive, yet powerless to direct their lives or the lives of children. The junction where race, class, and gender meet and intersect is fraught with political challenges. Issues of environmental justice take on new meaning from this junction. Occupying the space where working-class status meets marginalized racial and gender identities means that women in this movement must battle racism, sexism, and classism without adding fodder to arguments regarding Black family pathology and the inadequacies of Black Mothers.

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Simpson, Andrea. "Controlling Women: Intersectionality, Leadership, and the Environmental Justice Movement" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Western Political Science Association, Hyatt Regency Albuquerque, Albuquerque, New Mexico, Mar 17, 2006 <Not Available>. 2013-12-17 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p97399_index.html>

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Simpson, A. Y. , 2006-03-17 "Controlling Women: Intersectionality, Leadership, and the Environmental Justice Movement" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Western Political Science Association, Hyatt Regency Albuquerque, Albuquerque, New Mexico Online <PDF>. 2013-12-17 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p97399_index.html

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Abstract: This paper is part of a larger project that attempts to marry theories of intersectionality and leadership through an examination of women in the Environmental Justice Movement. Led primarily by women of color, this movement seeks policy redress for unjust distribution of toxic waste sites and industries with toxic emissions. The goal of this work is to create new discourses placing working-class women at the center of analyses, and perhaps yielding new strategies for the organization of all oppressed groups, especially African-Americans. Black women are framed in social and political life as controlling and controlled—aggressive, yet powerless to direct their lives or the lives of children. The junction where race, class, and gender meet and intersect is fraught with political challenges. Issues of environmental justice take on new meaning from this junction. Occupying the space where working-class status meets marginalized racial and gender identities means that women in this movement must battle racism, sexism, and classism without adding fodder to arguments regarding Black family pathology and the inadequacies of Black Mothers.

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Controlling Women: Intersectionality Leadership and the Environmental Justice Movement Abstract: This paper is part of a larger project that attempts to marry theories of intersectionality and leadership through an examination of women in the Environmental Justice Movement. Led primarily by women of color this movement seeks policy redress for unjust distribution of toxic waste sites and industries with toxic emissions. The goal of this work is to create new discourses placing working-class women at the center of analyses and
2004. “Public Hazard Personal Peril: The Impact of Non-Governmental Organizations in Environmental Justice Claims” presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association August 2002. Stretesky Paul and Michael J. Lynch. 1999. “Environmental Justice and the Predictions of Distance to Accidental Chemical Releases in Hillsborough County Florida.” Social Science Quarterly 80 no. 4 830-847. Truitt Ulysses. Interview by Andrea Y. Simpson. Tape recording. May 2001. Warren Karen J. and Jim Cheney. 1991. “Ecological Feminism and Ecosystem Ecology.”


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