Gender at Work

Episode: Feminist Reckonings or Feminist Wrecking Balls?

Aruna Rao, Joanne Sandler

Affiliated Organizations
Root. Rise. Pollinate!

August 2022

What is driving the growing numbers of implosions that many social justice groups around the world — including feminist organizations and networks — are experiencing? Coming on the heels of the #MeToo movement, the flash mobs inspired by the El Violador Eres Tu! movement, and the Black Lives Matter protests following the murder of George Floyd, we started to witness staff in feminist organizations around the world publicly calling out abuse of power, racism, gender discrimination, and other forms of exclusionary practices in the very organizations that we joined to reverse these. 

As destabilizing and paralyzing as these implosions might be, this is a reckoning that is long past due. How can we leverage this momentum to build more sustainable and impactful organizations and movements that fully reflect feminist principles?