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Black Women in the Cooperative Movement

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In some kinds of cooperatives and under certain conditions, women of color have found cooperative ownership to be empowering and to provide them with economic independence. This is particularly the case in smaller cooperatives, and when women of color have been instrumental in the creation or development of a coop. Ifateyo and Gordon Nembhard discuss the contribution to the cooperative movement of African American women such as Ella Jo Baker, Nannie Helen Burroughs, Halena Wilson and Fannie Lou Hamer. This discussion reviews some of the cooperatives established by the Ladies Auxiliary of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters and examines their effectiveness from the perspective of women’s leadership and the tensions between the women and the union. Examples of African American women’s leadership and independence in cooperatives is demonstrated particularly in modern low-income craft and worker-owned cooperatives such as Freedom Quilting Bee in Alberta, AL, Cooperative Home Care Associates in the South Bronx, NY, and the cooperatives created through Women’s Action to Gain Economic Security in Redwood City, CA and Cooperative Economics for Women in Jamaica Plains, MA., where women establish and control their own cooperatives. Relevance of cooperative ownership for women of color in general and immigrant women in particular will also be discussed.
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Gordon Nembhard, Jessica. "Black Women in the Cooperative Movement" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 95th Annual Convention, Raleigh Convention Center, Raleigh, North Carolina, <Not Available>. 2014-11-27 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p435947_index.html>

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Gordon Nembhard, J. "Black Women in the Cooperative Movement" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 95th Annual Convention, Raleigh Convention Center, Raleigh, North Carolina <Not Available>. 2014-11-27 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p435947_index.html

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Abstract: In some kinds of cooperatives and under certain conditions, women of color have found cooperative ownership to be empowering and to provide them with economic independence. This is particularly the case in smaller cooperatives, and when women of color have been instrumental in the creation or development of a coop. Ifateyo and Gordon Nembhard discuss the contribution to the cooperative movement of African American women such as Ella Jo Baker, Nannie Helen Burroughs, Halena Wilson and Fannie Lou Hamer. This discussion reviews some of the cooperatives established by the Ladies Auxiliary of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters and examines their effectiveness from the perspective of women’s leadership and the tensions between the women and the union. Examples of African American women’s leadership and independence in cooperatives is demonstrated particularly in modern low-income craft and worker-owned cooperatives such as Freedom Quilting Bee in Alberta, AL, Cooperative Home Care Associates in the South Bronx, NY, and the cooperatives created through Women’s Action to Gain Economic Security in Redwood City, CA and Cooperative Economics for Women in Jamaica Plains, MA., where women establish and control their own cooperatives. Relevance of cooperative ownership for women of color in general and immigrant women in particular will also be discussed.


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