Woman Crush(ing the Patriarchy) Wednesday: Juliana Britto Schwartz

Woman Crush(ing the Patriarchy) Wednesday: Juliana Britto Schwartz

Interested in feminisms across the Americas? You’ll be a fan of this week’s #WCW, Juliana Britto Schwartz.

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By day, this mulher is an associate campaigner for Change.org, helping people take action and change the behavior of those who hold power through online petitioning. When Juliana clocks out, she takes to her laptop, writing articles for Feministing on Latina feminist issues both in the U.S. and Latin America.

Tackling topics like climate justice, immigration, race, reproductive justice, colonization, land rights and indigenous movements, here’s how this brasileña works to crush the patriarchy.

Your writing focuses both on U.S. Latina feminism and Latin American feminisms. Why is it important for you to highlight both?

Yo no creo en fronteras. I don’t find country borders to be useful or natural, and that belief carries over into my work. Most Latinxs know what it’s like to be part of a larger diaspora – even if we, or our parents, were born in the U.S. – so many of us spend a lot of time thinking about family and loved ones living south of the border.

Whether you’re a Latina feminist living in the U.S. or in El Salvador, our enemies are similar: white supremacy, misogyny, capitalism and the legacy of colonization. For instance, undocumented women working for poverty wages in California are being exploited under the same system that leaves domestic workers in Lima barely scraping by. Afro-Latinas who are criminalized for their skin color in New York City experience the same structures of racism as Afro-Brazilian women living in Rio de Janeiro’s favelas. I think that in order to deconstruct those power structures, we need to do it together. Disconnecting our global movements for justice and freedom will only make us weaker.

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