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  • Ariel Ruempolhamer

Black Women: Each Generation, Needs Regeneration

Updated: Mar 19, 2023

Black Women Generations

Representation in high school is crucial for all students, including the Young Womanist. Womanism is a term coined by author Alice Walker to describe a Black feminist or feminist of color perspective that centers the experiences and perspectives of Black Women of all ages. Womanism is an important framework for understanding the intersection of race, gender, and other social identities, and for addressing the unique challenges faced by Black Women in society.

In high schools, representation can take many forms, including representation in the curriculum, in the faculty and staff, in extracurricular activities, and in leadership roles. Here are some reasons why representation is important for the Young Womanist in particular:

Dr. Ashley Canada, DDS, Howard University Alumni

Validation of Experiences

Representation in the curriculum and in discussions can validate the experiences of womanist students and make them feel seen and heard. When womanist voices are included in the conversation, it can help students recognize that their experiences are not isolated incidents, but rather part of a larger system of oppression.

Access to Mentors and Role Models

When womanist students see other Black women in positions of leadership or authority, it can help them envision themselves in those roles and provide access to mentors who can offer guidance and support.

Exposure to Diverse Perspectives

Representation in the faculty and staff can provide students with access to diverse perspectives and experiences that can enrich their education and understanding of the world.


When womanist students see themselves represented in leadership roles and in the curriculum, it can help them feel empowered to take on leadership roles themselves and to advocate for change in their communities.

In summary, representation is important for womanist students in high schools because it can validate their experiences, provide access to mentors and role models, expose them to diverse perspectives, and empower them to take on leadership roles. It is essential for schools to prioritize representation and inclusion in all areas of school life to ensure that all students feel seen, heard, and valued.

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