An Update On #ChooseToChallenge

Earlier this month, I chose to challenge my White Privilege for International Women’s Day and, as we move into April, I wanted to give you an update on what’s going on at The Herstorian. Firstly, I’m focusing a lot of my attention on researching and learning more about the legacy of colonialism, especially its impact on women. Earlier this week, I did some research into the Hottentot Venuses of the 19th century, a group of Black African women, usually from South Africa, who were put on display across Western Europe. These displays might have disappeared, but they are an integral part of the hyper-sexualisation of the Black female body that plagues our society today. In conjunction with Memuna Konteh, I have developed an Anti-Racist Policy that I hope will clearly demonstrate my commitment to supporting Black and Global Majority women and to confronting the privileges that Whiteness unfairly confers on those who possess it. I welcome all feedback on the policy, so if you want to take a look, here it is. I’ve also added a Resources page to the website to showcase Black and Global Majority historians and thinkers. It’s being continually updated, so if you’ve got any suggestions, I’d love to hear them. Send over your podcast/video/documentary recommendations, too, so we can create something that’s really accessible. Finally, in April, my focus is all around building an inclusive curriculum, and part of that means that we challenge racial stereotypes, call out instances of discrimination, and think carefully about the kinds of messages we send to students. I’ll be sharing the results of some research I did on diverse history teaching in the UK and thinking about what a truly diverse and inclusive curriculum might look like. (Spoiler alert: it’s f****ng epic). Until next time (and you can sign up here if you don't want to miss it) ... Kaye x

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