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What’s Up With White Women

Unpacking Sexism and White Privilege in Pursuit of Racial Justice


What’s Up with White Women? is a practical guide for white women who are interested in becoming more effective in their cross-cultural, anti-racist practices.

Blending real-life stories, theory, and anti-racism practices from decades of on-the-ground work, the authors invite white women to understand their gendered role in systemic racism and their unique opportunity for action. Both frank and compassionate, coverage includes:

Stories of white women’s experiences with sexism, racism, and white privilege

How white women harm BIPOC and ourselves by colluding with systems of oppression

Why and how white women often hijack race conversations

A powerful six-stage identity development model for self-reflection and growth

Guiding questions and practical actions for strengthening anti-racism practices

Tools to cultivate genuine partnerships with BIPOC individuals and groups.

White women are positioned in a power hierarchy between white men and BIPOC. It is time for white women to step up and undertake deep reflection on their role in systemic racism and take concrete actions that support equity and justice for all people.


Ilsa Govan

Tilman Smith is an educator, consultant, facilitator, and activist focused on racial justice, white privilege, internalized sexism, and internalized white superiority. She lives in Seattle, WA.

Tilman Smith

Ilsa Govan is an anti-racist facilitator, consultant, leadership coach, activist, and the co-founder of Cultures Connecting, which has helped countless organizations put their vision of racial equity into practice. She lives in Seattle, WA.

Chapter Title Abstract Contributors Pages Year Price


The Canyon We Must Cross Working in Relationship A Push Focus Groups The Power of Language Acknowledging Our Lens ; 11 $1.10


Navigating Sexism Benefiting from White Privilege Occupying the Buffer Zone ; 9 $0.90


Overlapping Characteristics The Progression: Sexism Before White Privilege Feeling Each Phase Strategic Questions Using a Developmental Model ; 10 $1.00


Normalizing Whiteness Gender Role Limitations The Carrot and the Stick Advancing White Male Agendas Competing for Male Attention The Ideal Object Nice White Ladies Hurting People of Color Final … ; 25 $2.50


Putting People of Color at Risk Stuck in the Middle with You Normalization of the White Woman What About Me? Silent Consent Between Helpless and Powerful Passive Aggression The Politics of … ; 17 $1.70


Defense Reversal Fighting for Crumbs: Sexism Versus Racism I Got This Take What I Want and Leave the Rest I Love Your People That’s Not What I Meant! Helpful and Nice Aggression Please … ; 29 $2.90


Following the “Rules” of Anti-Racist Allyship Dualistic Thinking Competing to be the Best White Person Relating to Black Men The Helper Final Thoughts Feeling Projection Strategic … ; 20 $2.00


Driving in the Ocean Intersectionality So, How Do We Do This? Awareness Knowledge Skills Action/Advocacy Final Thoughts Feeling Balance Strategic Questions for Balance 31 $3.10


Capturing a Moment Being With One Another Final Thoughts Feeling Integration Strategic Questions for Integration ; 11 $1.10


Women of Color and Tears White Women’s Tears As a Response to Sexism Tears for Fears The Impact of White Women’s Tears Tears in Immersion Tears in Capitulation Tears in Defense Tears … ; 28 $2.80


Grow Awareness and Knowledge Using Awareness and Knowledge to Inform Skills Interrupt Oppression Connect with People of Color Final Thoughts (For Now) ; 17 $1.70


Getting it Together Things to Consider: Some Unhelpful Common Patterns of White Women Let’s Get Real: Using Serial Testimony for Deep Reflection The Basics Reflection Topics — Examples ; 10 $1.00


Definitions Focus Group Participant Book List ; 7 $0.70