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Rebecca Walker (born November 17, 1969) is an American writer, feminist, and activist.
- Part of what I wanted to do with Baby Love was to suggest that not only are you giving birth to a baby, but also you can use the experience to give birth to a new sense of yourself.
- On her book Baby Love in “'Can I survive having a baby? Will I lose myself ... ?'” in The Guardian (2007 May 26)
- Their take on me was, 'Look, you're not afraid you will be gassed, you're not drinking out of the coloured water fountain; you've got it really good,' so they didn't really understand that being biracial and the child of divorce would affect me in the way it did.
- On her childhood and perceived lack of empathy on the part of her parents in “'Can I survive having a baby? Will I lose myself ... ?'” in The Guardian (2007 May 26)
- She once told me that because I am lighter-skinned than her I would be treated better, and then the divorce from my father, I think she felt betrayed by whiteness in a certain kind of way, and I represent that whiteness.
- On reconciling her biracial identity with her mother (author) Alice Walker in “'Can I survive having a baby? Will I lose myself ... ?'” in The Guardian (2007 May 26)
- And then she said and I have Rebecca, you know? Sort of the idea is I was delightful, and she said I was delightful, but in the context you could see I was a calamity nonetheless. I mean I think there was a real ambivalence about the role of children in lives of independent, thinking women. And what was transmitted to me was not that being a mom was the worst possible choice, but that it could definitely be a serious hindrance. And that there were other things worth pursuing more.
- On learning that she was considered a calamity to her mother’s creative spirit in “Rebecca Walker Explains Rift With Mother, Alice” in NPR (2008 Jul 9)