In an age when feminism has become increasingly mainstream, noted feminist scholar and activist Ann Russo asks feminists to consider the ways that our own behavior might contribute to the interlocking systems of oppression that we aim to dismantle. Feminist Accountability offers an intersectional analysis of three main areas of feminism in practice: anti-racist work, community accountability and transformative justice, and US-based work in and about violence in the global south. Russo explores accountability as a set of frameworks and practices for community- and movement-building against oppression and violence. Rather than evading the ways that we are implicated, complicit, or actively engaged in harm, Russo shows us how we might cultivate accountability so that we can contribute to the feminist work of transforming oppression and violence.
Ann Russo is Associate Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies and Director of the Women’s Center at DePaul University. She is the author of Taking Back Our Lives: A Call to Action for the Feminist Movement and co-editor of Talking Back, Acting Out: Women Negotiating the Media Across Cultures.