The Women's Center is part of a Black feminist intellectual tradition, dating back to the nineteenth century. We continue the legacy of pioneering African American women such as Maria Stewart, the first woman of any race in the U.S. to speak publicly to mixed audiences about women's rights. Students engage faculty and each other about race, gender, class and sexuality. We make visible the involvement of Black women in their local communities, on the national stage, and around the globe. The Women's Research and Resource Center is:
- Comparative Women's Studies
- The Spelman College Archives & Research
- Advocacy and Outreach
- Student Activist Leadership - Toni Cade Bambara Scholars/Writers/Activists Program and Collective
- Digital Moving Image Salon (DMIS) - Digital Media
- Global Women's Health
The Center also provides a political space for feminist activism. It was in our feminist theory class that students debated Nelly's "Tip Drill" rap video and committed to take action against its misogynistic images. This student-led protest sparked a national dialogue that still rages today. Currently, the most active of the student organizations associated with the Women's Center include the Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance (FMLA), Afrekete, SisterFire and the Toni Cade Bambara Collective.
The Women's Research and Resource Center is located in the Camille Olivia Hanks Cosby Academic Center, on the second floor. For more information, visit www.spelman.edu/womenscenter or contact 404-270-5625.