Radical Women and the Feminist Issue of Racism
Faith Ringgold’s 1971 mural “For the Women’s House” depicts a collage of multi-ethnic women engaging in then radical acts: riding a bus, having interracial children, and playing basketball. Although commonplace now, the women in her painting are engaging in the social taboos of the past, breaking the mold for their era. For Ringgold, as well as many other black women artists of her time, it was important to intersect feminism with the fight against racism as the patriarchy tethers together both sexism and racism to establish its power. Ringgold’s painting is on display at the Boston Institute of Contemporary Art as a part of the “We Wanted A Revolution: Black Radical Women, 1965 to 1985” until September 30th.