Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Comes to Duke, Speaks to First-Year Students

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie visited Duke University last night to talk to first-year students about ‘Americanah,’ Duke’s summer reading pick for 2014. It was a remarkable event, that notably began and ended in thunderous applause and a standing ovation for Ms. Adichie. Adichie was witty and sharp as she addressed issues of intersectionality in her novel, […]

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“Finding Community”

It was great fun to be interviewed for this podcast series on social media produced by the Thompson Writing Program Digital Writing & Pedagogy Lab. In “Finding Community,” I talk about the influential role of social media in shaping my feminist identity as both writer and activist.

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Senior Story for Duke Women’s Studies, Sylvia Plath Honors Thesis Abstract

For the Spring 2014 Women’s Studies Newsletter, I wrote a “senior story” about my experiences coming into my feminism and, in turn, becoming a Women’s Studies major. The newsletter also includes an abstract from my senior thesis on Sylvia Plath on Page 11 of the attached PDF, pictured to the left.  (However, the correct title […]

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Decoding Feminism for Male Allies

A guy friend sent me his qualms about the feminist movement and this is my response. I think feminists need to make more of an effort to explain feminism without being defensive, so I welcome the opportunity to do so! Dear Danielle, I’m going to apologize in advance and say that this post is a […]

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Feminism Isn’t One-Size-Fits-All

This article was originally published on PolicyMic. You can read it HERE. Last spring I submitted an entry to Michele Norris’ Race Card Project, a forum for an “honest” conversation about race in just six words. My six words were “White Feminism. I live with contradiction” and underneath my entry, I explained: “I’m proud to be a feminist, […]

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Should Feminism Be Part of a Required College Curriculum?

I wrote this as a final reflection in one of my Women’s Studies classes this semester where we presented a proposal that consisted of potentially adding a new requirement involving the study of race, gender, and sexuality to a pre-existing aspect of Duke’s current curriculum. Here are my thoughts, as usual in the form of […]

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The Personal is Political: In Defense of Women’s Studies Programs

This piece was cross-posted on Feministe. You can read it HERE. On Tuesday January 29, North Carolina Republican Governor, Pat McCrory attacked Women’s Studies as an expendable and unproductive site of state educational funding as part of his commitment to more vocational training in higher education. “If you want to take gender studies, that’s fine. […]

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White Feminism-2x the Contradiction

Original post date: 5/30/12 White Feminism: How come I had to read another essay about white privilege in order to really get it. That being a “white feminist” adds another layer to the contradictions and complexities of FEMINISM. Feminist Contradiction #1: I’m empowering women by embracing the feminine/what makes us women, while simultaneously rejecting what […]

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The Beginning of a Feminist Awakening Of Sorts

Original Post Date: 05/09/12 It’s like looking back on the moment you meet one of your closest friends for the first time…you’re not sure exactly how the pieces fell into place, but you’re glad they did. I guess that’s how I became a quote on quote feminist. I had already joined Develle Dish and had […]

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