Pioneering feminist voice Paula Gunn Allen died today. She was one of the first to publish criticism of the feminist wave theory for leaving out Native American women’s influence on feminism from the early declarations (“first wave”) forward. She wrote bravely and passionately about desire, activism, and feminism with in Native American communities and the larger feminist movement. Allen was also committed to the progress of marginalized students, especially women and poc, teaching at multiple colleges and making appearances at her alma mater regularly. She was a powerful voice and a prolific, award winning, author. She was an inspiration.
You can also SUPPORT FEMINIST PRESSES by buying her semi-autobiographical book from Aunt Lute or check out some of her online pieces:
You can also see what others are saying about her loss and read more of her online work by checking out and following the links on The Paula Gunn Allen Memorial Guest Book.
A documentary was also in the process of being made when she died entitled: Thought Woman – The Life and Ideas of Paula Gunn Allen (be patient it takes a minute to load). If benefits for this film come to your town please consider giving so that her story is more available to the generations who do not have access to her powerful voice.
(If you are a WS major, please make sure to ask that the Summer Newsletter or the Fall Newsletter of your Program or Department honors her passing. If you have never heard of her, take time to think about why not. Let this be a moment to learn for yourself and your cohorts.)