Gloria Jean Watkins Or Better Known As Bell Hooks Essay

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Gloria Jean Watkins or better known as bell hooks, was an American author, feminist, and social activist. She was born on September 25, 1952 and later in her career, she started to go by the name of bell hooks. The name is derived from her great-grandmother, Bell Blair Hooks. She thought that by going by “bell hooks” that the people would recognize her more of her work, rather than her name. hooks obtained her B.A. in English from Stanford University and then M.A. in English from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Soon after, she taught English and Ethnic Studies at the University of Southern California. After[ML1] a few years of teaching at numerous institutions, hooks began to write books and journals. Her work primarily focused on the intersectionality of race, capitalism, and gender. She has written over thirty books and has also published many scholarly journals and articles. Within her works, hooks addresses how race, class, and gender plays a significant role in education, mass media, feminism, history and many more topics. One of her most recognizable works is “Ain’t I a Woman?” In “Ain’t I a Woman?”, hooks examines and discusses the effects of racism and sexism towards black women throughout the civil rights movement and feminist movements. In her book, hooks argues that sexism and racism during slavery contributed to the fact that black women had the lowest status in modern society. Her overall argument was that stereotypes made throughout slavery…

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