Adding Color to Feminism: White Privilege Within the Women's Liberation Movement

Date of Award


Document Type

Undergraduate Capstone Project

Degree Name


Organizational Unit

Graduate School of Professional Psychology

First Advisor

Anthony Bandele

Second Advisor

Dawn Loge

Third Advisor

Evelyn Greene


Feminism, White privilege, Ethnicity, Psychological aspects


This paper will explore how white privilege has been intertwined with the women's liberation movement in the United States. Feminism and its goals are described briefly and linked to an evaluation of white privilege within the movement. The feminist movement is explored throughout its three waves, including a class and race analysis of each separate period. In addition, this analysis focuses on how Black and Chicana women have been excluded from the mainstream, White, middle-class movement. Through the use of Social Dominance Theory (Sidanius & Pratto, 1999), the prevalence and impact of oppression and hierarchy are explored. The implications of oppression and exclusion in the current political climate are followed by suggestions for aligning the goals and direction of feminism with social justice.

Publication Statement

Copyright is held by the author. Permanently suppressed.


92 pages

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