Chiedo Nwankwor, Visiting Research Associate and Adjunct Lecturer
February 24, 2017
Celebration of Black History Month 2017 continued at Johns Hopkins SAIS in a discussion with visiting researcher Chiedo Nwankwor that assessed the existing state of gender relations from a lens of ‘intersectionality.’
Nwankrow asserted that race, gender, and culture are forces that interact dynamically to create institutions that reinforce gender norms. Responding to a question about how Beyoncé represents feminism, Nwankwor maintained that Beyoncé has become the new face of black feminism and that her success is a symbolic of liberation. Asked to evaluate Hillary Clinton's performance in the recent 2016 US presidential election, Nwankwor contended that Hillary failed to win the support of millennials and women of color because she embodied the life of a typical white female. Her democratic rival, Bernie Sanders, on the other hand, represented an ideal which appealed to the masses in the context of slowing economic growth and dissatisfaction with existing systems.
Nwankwor said that the work of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has been a constant reference for her, particularly the way their arguments align on gender dynamics. Nwankwor pointed to intersectionality as an effective framework to understand the state of today's feminist movement. Additional audience questions touched on issues such as the impact of sex-positivism on feminism and whether Hillary Clinton’s marriage influenced her image as a presidential candidate.