Feminists Theorize COVID-19: A Symposium
In the midst of this terrible time, Signs wanted to reach out to a group of scholars to think through – with a feminist lens – the parameters of the pandemic and the social ills and inequities it has both revealed and amplified. It is a clear testament to where feminism is now that all these essays range widely, locating this pandemic in a robustly intersectional feminist framework, where the various sites of oppression and inequality literally spill over into each other, and where borders (intellectual, political, embodied) are revealed as porous and contested. When a masculinity that is literally toxic infects the world stage, our need for feminist leadership (Jacinda Ardern, Black Lives Matter, and the list goes on) is ever more pressing. This symposium is a welcome addition to the growing dialogue about the relationship between the pandemic and persistent vectors of inequality.
–Suzanna Danuta Walters, Signs Editor in Chief
Evelynn M. Hammonds
Sari Altschuler and Priscilla Wald
Mel Y. Chen