Fri, Nov 15 at 7:30 p.m. | 90 minutes
What are people really trying to get at when they ask “Do You Have Any Kids?" Join professor and activist Ifeoma Ike at the beautiful William Vale Hotel for an evening of discussion about motherhood and femininity in today's landscape, nearly 100 years after women received the right to vote.
In this Olio, we will examine the politics of motherhood, the correlation between conception and status, and how it impacts women differently across race and ethnicity. We will explore how the laws have controlled both the joys and pains of femininity, and how capitalism, education and pop culture have ushered in a new era of possibilities--and expectations--on a woman’s body. We’ll also take an intersectional approach to how traditional views of womanhood uniquely contribute to the dehumanization of Black women, especially Black trans women. And finally, we’ll explore why womanist leadership is necessary to reshape the concept of “birthing” and caregiving. What are people really trying to get at when they ask “Do You Have Any Kids?” And would it be a proper rebuttal to simply say “Ain’t I A Woman?”
Ifeoma Ike, Esq. is a Lehman College Professor, Co-Founding Principal of social impact firm, Think Rubix and visionary of the Black Policy Lab, which explores how culture, research and policy informs and impacts communities of color. Ify has designed efforts to address mental health, criminal justice, teacher diversity, workforce inclusion, gender-based discrimination and international relief.