Global Intersections: Critical Race Feminist Human Rights and Inter/National Black Women

20 Pages Posted: 29 Jun 2007 Last revised: 25 Jul 2008

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Hope Lewis

Northeastern University, School of Law (deceased)


Although there have been great strides in feminist human rights efforts in developing methods to prevent domestic violence and other forms of "private" violence against women, feminists still have far to go. For instance, feminists have only recently begun to acknowledge that physical, social, and economic violence against women, especially poor women of color, is perpetuated in part by top-down globalization. This Article demonstrates how Critical Race Feminist analysis, a set of approaches to legal scholarship rooted in feminist and anti-racist critical traditions, reconceptualizes the human rights problems facing Black women who migrate between the United States and Jamaica. Like most migrants from the Caribbean, working-class Jamaican American women migrate in an attempt to escape the poverty, violence, and economic pressures faced at home. Economic incentives in the U.S. also serve to entice the low-wage immigrant women to migrate. These women have become the private solution to the public problem of fundamental race, class, and gender inequities in the U.S. Critical Race Feminist analysis acknowledges the separation between public and private spheres and between political and socioeconomic rights. Deeply entrenched in solidarity with other anti-racist, anti-sexist, and anti-classist efforts for social justice and human dignity, Critical Race Feminist approach requires prospective strategies to be pragmatic, as well as theoretical, and multi-level, as well as targeted at single centers of oppression. It requires a difficult process of building coalitions among women and men who sometimes resist seeing their common interests.

Suggested Citation

Lewis, Hope, Global Intersections: Critical Race Feminist Human Rights and Inter/National Black Women. Maine Law Review, Vol. 50, pp. 309-326, 1998. Available at SSRN:

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Northeastern University, School of Law (deceased)

United States

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