Gloria Steinem: 'Black women invented the feminist movement'

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Gloria Steinem, a feminist icon, is speaking out against the classification of feminism as a “white middle-class” movement.

During an interview for Bust, Steinem made a stand for intersectionality, attributing her own feminist education to black women.

“Nothing in this country is not affected by racism and sexism and class, it’s not as if one can be exempt from those influences,” Steinem said.

“But in my experience, the women’s movement was less subject to them than any other large group that I’ve been part of. We all have different experiences and this probably wasn’t true from everyone, but I learned feminism disproportionately from black women.”

In an interview with Black Enterprise, published last year, Steinem stated for the record that she feels as though black women “invented the feminist movement.”