Through thought provoking workshops, a panel discussion, and speakers, we will explore how women of color are shifting the dominant narrative, bringing attention to our voices that were previously ignored. We will explore how information is shared, what information is shared, and how Women of Color are reflected in these spaces. We will discuss the digital divide, and the ways in which technology has both helped and harmed our communities. As our society shifts to be more digital, the depiction of Women in Color in the news, on the Internet, and in our own communities is often dehumanizing. In response, we will hold a lens to the (mis)representations of women of color on various digital platforms, be it colorism, sexism, and/or sexually degrading images, and how to best address these harmful stereotypes. We will think about the ways we connect in this age of cybersisterhood. We will think of the spaces and places we find joy and entertainment in the digital. We reaffirm that pleasure is our birthright.
As we proudly celebrate 31 years of the Empowering Women of Color Conference, we invite people of all ages, abilities, socioeconomic and immigration statuses, genders, nationalities, and religions, and cultural backgrounds to use this as a safe-space for discussion, community building, and healing.
We aren’t using the master’s tools anymore! #micdrop
EWOCC is recognized to be one of the longest running conferences in the nation that addresses the needs and concerns of women of color. The conference brings together cutting edge women of color activists such as Angela Davis, Elaine Brown, Cherrie Moraga, Gina Palcado and Chrystos with Bay Area community leaders and academics (especially students) to discuss and strategize ways of impacting the current issues facing women of color.
EWOCC was founded in 1985 by a group of undergraduate students as their semester project for a DE-Cal (Democratic Education at Cal) class. The project, entitled “Women of Color in the United States,” received an overwhelmingly positive response, and students decided to organize another event with the help of the Graduate Assembly (GA), Berkeley’s graduate student government. In 1986, with the formation of the GA’s Graduate Women’s Project (GWP), it was decided to institutionalize this event and make the conference and annual project under the auspices of the GWP.
EWOCC was one of the first conferences to present women of color with an opportunity to address the racial, class, and gender issues facing American Indian, African American, Asian American, and Chicana/Latina women.