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Presumed Incompetent: The Intersections of Race and Class for Women in Academia Paperback – October 31, 2012
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—Mari Matsuda, author of Where is Your Body: Essays on Race, Gender, and the Law
"Women in academia still face obstacles built up over centuries, but the contributors to Presumed Incompetent have taken a leap toward liberation. Their revelations will enrage you -- and open minds and hearts."
Exploding the myth that we live in a "post-identity" world, Presumed Incompetent provides gripping first-hand accounts of the ways in which women faculty of color are subjected to stereotypes, fears and fantasies based on the intersection of race, gender, and class. It reminds us that the mere passage of time is not enough to create equitable workplaces for anyone facing institutional subordination.
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What is most distressing are the women, usually not as educated or talented, who pander to the oppressive white men to gain favors rather than join in a supportive sisterhood of other women, all women.
Although all essays share a different yet similar experience, in" Igualadas", page 287, the author particularly impassioned me with her courage and ability to rise above the insults. It is a rubric that should serve as a model, women do not have to perpetuate the injustices done to them.
Congratulations to the editors who compiled these essays, that opened all eyes to the past practices of universities and colleges who should set a standard for equality.
Top international reviews
Some contributions are personal narratives, some are based on research, and all are by academic people so there is an extensive bibliography. The index is also fit for purpose. And the content of the book is excellent. I'm not an academic yet I learn a lot from this book. I think it is essential reading for any academic with an interest in higher education, whether or not you are American, a woman, or a person of colour. It is also very well worth reading for anyone with an interest in gender, race, social class, or intersectionality. Highly recommended.