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Beverly Guy-Sheftall

Author, Scholar of Black Feminism and Founding Director of the Women’s Research and Resource Center at Spelman College in Atlanta

Beverly Guy-Sheftall, the Anna Julia Cooper Professor of Women’s Studies at Spelman College, previously taught graduate courses as a visiting professor at Emory University’s Institute for Women’s Studies. A pioneer of black feminism in the 1960s, Sheftall took the helm of black feminist studies, raging against sentiments that positioned black feminism as obsolete once black…

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Beverly Guy-Sheftall, the Anna Julia Cooper Professor of Women’s Studies at Spelman College, previously taught graduate courses as a visiting professor at Emory University’s Institute for Women’s Studies.

A pioneer of black feminism in the 1960s, Sheftall took the helm of black feminist studies, raging against sentiments that positioned black feminism as obsolete once black women gained access to the labor force. She has continued to work tirelessly to institute black feminist studies as a legitimate discipline.

Sheftall has published several articles and books on African-American and women’s studies; she co-edited the first anthology on Black women’s literature, Sturdy Black Bridges: Visions of Black Women in Literature (1980), and co-edited Words of Fire: An Anthology of African-American Feminist Thought (1995).

In addition, she co-wrote Gender Talk: The Struggle for Women’s Equality in African American Communities (2003) with former Spelman President Johnnetta Cole. Her most recent publication is an anthology that she co-edited with Cole, titled Who Should Be First: Feminists Speak Out on the 2008 Presidential Campaign (2010).

Sheftall is also past president of the National Women’s Studies Association and was recently elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

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