chapter  23
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Whither Feminism?

ByMamphela Ramphele

I speak as one whose career and life experience have been shaped by political criticism within the Black Conciousness Movement (BCM) in the 1970s, and within feminist consciousness. These two streams of consciousness occurred at different times but coalesced into a life force more than a decade ago, which translated into greater understanding of power relations as intertwined-the everyday in the public and private sphere and how that shapes the long-term quality of social relations that transcend categories and yet take them into account. Such an understanding is crucial to transitional politics toward greater equity within a democratic framework. It is this perspective that I bring to my reading of Evelynn Hammonds's and Jacklyn Cock's papers.