Fight Against Patriarchy: The Dynamics of Womanism


  • Dr. Reena Dewan Asst. Professor, Dept of English, St. Francis College for Women Hyderabad, Telangana, India.


The term “Womanism” was coined by the writer, poet and activist Alice Walker in her 1983 book “ In Search of our Mother’ Garden: Womanist prose”.  Walker defines a womanist as “ Womanish, the opposite of girlish.....Being grown up...A woman who loves other woman, sexually and/or non sexually. Appreciates and prefers women’s culture, women’s emotional flexibility, and women’s strength”. A term which set aside mainstream White feminists from feminist women of color and other women of marginalised group. It surpasses the limitation of the white feminism and eloquently talks about the universal problems faced by women across the world. The term “feminism” lags the concept of universal sisterhood, it allows the more affluent, more racially favoured people with the socially approved sexual orientation and expression of gender to override and ignore the voices of the less privileged.


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Dewan, D. R. (2018). Fight Against Patriarchy: The Dynamics of Womanism. SMART MOVES JOURNAL IJELLH , 6(12), 13. Retrieved from