Kathleen Cleaver

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The form of assistance that women give in political movements to men is just as crucial as the leadership that men give to those movements.

Kathleen Neal Cleaver (born May 13, 1945) is an American professor of law, known for her involvement with the Black Power Movement and the Black Panther Party.


Black Scholar Interviews: Kathleen Cleaver (1971)[edit]

CLEAVER, KATHLEEN (1971). "BLACK SCHOLAR INTERVIEWS: KATHLEEN CLEAVER". The Black Scholar 3 (4): 54–59. ISSN 0006-4246.

  • I viewed myself as assisting everything that was done, and you must recognize that this is what's key in the liberation of women. That the form of assistance that women give in political movements to men is just as crucial as the leadership that men give to those movements. And this is something that is never recognized and never dealt with. Because women are always relegated to assistance and this is where I became interested in the liberation of women. p.55
  • The suggestion itself was never viewed objectively. The fact that the suggestion came from a woman gave it some lesser value. p.56
  • In order for women to obtain liberation, the struggles are going to have to be united on the basis of being women, not on the basis of being black women or white women.
    • But that relationship, I'm positive, will have to be on a coalition basis and not on an integrated basis. Because the problems of black women and the problems of white women are so completely diverse they cannot possibly be solved in the same type of organization nor met by the same type of activity. p.56
  • What we see today in the development of the women's liberation movement is the beginning of the entrance of woman into history, the woman beginning to speak for the woman. The woman beginning to understand, analyze the history of woman; the woman seeking the roots of the source of her oppression in order to be able to deal with this. p.58

Woman, Power, and Revolution (1998)[edit]

Women, Power, and Revolution (1998) | Kathleen Neal Cleaver. www.historyisaweapon.com.

Quotes about Kathleen Cleaver[edit]

  • It is important for us to know the history of Puerto Rican and Black women who fought for freedom of our peoples. We are not taught about them because even today people believe that women had no role in history. People still believe that women are only supposed to stay at home, cooking and sewing and raising children. These are the same things that were said to Sojourner Truth over a hundred years ago and they are still being said now. Women who speak out against injustice and fight for revolution are accused of acting like men, and we must understand that revolution is the job of men and women, brothers and sisters. We must learn from great women like Lolita Lebron, Carmen Perez, Antonia Martinez, Kathleen Cleaver and Ericka Huggins. This is what Point 10 of the YOUNG LORDS PARTY 13-Point Program and Platform means when it says "We want equality for women; machismo must be revolutionary and not oppressive."

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