NEW YORK (December 15, 2021) – Ms. Foundation for Women President and CEO Teresa C. Younger released the following statement in response to the passing of bell hooks:
“The Ms. Foundation for Women is deeply saddened by the loss of bell hooks. Her voice was transformational to our work and understanding of the intersection between gender and racial equity which exists in no small part thanks to her ideas and teachings.
“bell hooks was revolutionary. As a scholar, writer, and teacher, she influenced so many and empowered us to live courageously. bell pushed and broke the boundaries of feminism. She challenged the structures of our society and championed Black women and girls. Her influence on feminism and our society is undeniable and will continue to impact generations to come.
“The writings and legacy of bell hooks is the reason we have language to understand the nuisances of gender and race; she gave us the power and tools to understand ourselves. We are thinking about her loved ones and extend our sincere condolences to them during this time. This is a heartbreaking loss.”