Today’s Dame of the Day is Cherríe Moraga (September 25, 1952-). Moraga channeled her own experiences with racism, passing as white, and her own sexual identity into a collaboration with Gloria Anzaldúa titled This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color. Moraga, along with Barbara Smith and Audre Lorde, founded Women of Color Press, the first United States publisher to focus on women of color.
Today’s Dame of the Day is Gloria Anzaldúa (September 26, 1942 – May 15, 2004). In spite of her family’s presence in south Texas for six generations, Anzaldúa felt the sting of discrimination against her Mexican heritage and her female identity. While she began her career as a preschool teacher, Anzaldúa continued to study and share her perspectives on Chicana history, feminism, and the dangers of binary definitions. Most famously, she edited This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color, a text calling for greater focus on intersectionality in feminism.