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What’s Up with White Women? Strategies for Unpacking Sexism and
White Privilege

October 14th, 2021

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While white women face experiences of gender oppression, we also benefit from white privilege. We are located in a societal hierarchy where white men make the rules, and white women frequently enforce them. Many of the strategies we’ve developed to navigate sexism in the workplace are maladaptive and can cause harm to People of Color.

This workshop will examine three patterns of behavior: perfectionism, control, and defensiveness, within the context of sexism and white privilege. We’ll provide alternative strategies, based in self-awareness, to better work in multicultural partnerships.

We are two cisgender white women who offer a model that examines the harmful impact of white supremacy and patriarchy within a society that promotes a false gender binary. The content will center on cis and trans women and non-binary folx who have internalized white feminine gender norms, as well as multiracial women who present as or are perceived as white and want to interrogate internalized white superiority. People of all races and genders who want to engage in conversations about what’s up with white women are welcome to attend.

Content in this session is based on the presenters’ book being released on October 19th: What’s Up with White Women? Unpacking Sexism and White Privilege in Pursuit of Racial Justice (New Society Publishing).

Facilitators: Ilsa Govan, M.A. & Tilman Smith

Location: Virtual. Zoom link will be emailed to participants.

Schedule: 9:00am-11:00am PST

Ticket Price: $200

*No refunds for any reason 7 days prior to the workshop, although you are welcome to gift your seat to a colleague*

This workshop has been approved for the following Clock Hours & CEUs:

  • 1.5 CEUs by the Washington State Chapter, National Association of Social Workers (NASW) for Licensed Social Workers, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapists and Licensed Mental Health Counselors. Our Provider number is #1975-369

  • 1.5 Clock Hours available for Washington State Certificated Teachers.

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