Women Supporting Women in Leadership Through Empowerment and Solidarity

Learning Labs

Session Code: Learning Lab 3
Location/Room: Marketplace Booth #313
Level: Intermediate
Presenters: Dr. Joy Wiggins, Joy Wiggins, PhD: Equity and Inclusion Consulting  |  Dr. Kami Anderson, Bilingual Brown Babies


Women undermine each other in subtle and explicit ways across different social identities. Sabotage looks like judgments and assumptions about each other based on society’s impossible standards for women: body image, motherhood, work/life balance, cultural expectations, and what good leadership should look like. We can start to take an active approach in better supporting ourselves and other women by understanding how to prevent sabotage from happening in the first place.

Preventing sabotage requires that we first recognize that it is happening, and in time to do something about it. Once we learn to recognize it in our own actions, it is possible to make a different choice, interrupt our action, and take action to improve our world rather than perpetuate injustices. By learning about our feminist cultural history and the systems that keep us in competition with one another, we begin to unravel the binds and figure out solutions to empower ourselves and each other.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Learn what is sabotage. Examine our own actions and perceptions of others and ourselves that perpetuate sabotage.
  • Examine varying levels of power and privilege to better understand that not all of us are on equal footing in the world.
  • Explore what sabotage is and how to prevent it so we can provide support for empowerment, solidarity and transformation.

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