Bringing Visibility to Young Women of Color

By Whitney Bunts, Marlen Mendoza, Nia West-Bey

“The Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) recently released Our Ground Our Voices, a brief that focuses on the systems of power that underlie structural barriers and block young women of color from achieving economic justice. Systems of power are defined as the beliefs, practices, and cultural norms that serve as the foundation on which individuals and institutions build their lives. These systems are rooted in social constructions of race and gender and are embedded in history (colonization, slavery, migration, immigration, and genocide) as well as present-day policies and practices. Systems of power are oppressive and define relationships between marginalized communities and the dominant culture; they also shape social norms and experiences within marginalized communities.”

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