We’d like to introduce DIVERgent, a new initiative of the Autism Women’s Network. Run exclusively by disabled women of varying identities and impairments, DIVERgent works to change how disabled women are commonly perceived within society while challenging the myths of our inferiority, both as women and as disabled people.
We explore the interactions between sexism and ableism within both disabled and nondisabled communities.
We seek to offer perspectives on gender and disability by emphasizing non-traditional femininity and non-traditional feminism.
We’ve spent the past few months carefully crafting our mission statement and goals and we’re almost ready to launch our efforts out into the world! Beginning in 2014, DIVERgent will be bringing an exciting lineup of projects focused on disability and feminism to AWN and beyond – stay tuned and let us know what you’d like to see us explore! We appreciate your feedback and hope you’ll follow along as DIVERgent continues to grow!
About the Author: Cara Liebowitz is a disabled activist and blogger who recently graduated summa cum laude from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania. In addition to being a DIVERgent Committee Member, she serves as the co-coordinator of accessibility for The Body Is Not An Apology, Board Member of DREAM (Disability Rights, Education, Activism and Mentoring), and a founding member and youth leader for I Am Norm, a national campaign advocating inclusion and acceptance of people with disabilities in schools and society. Cara blogs at That Crazy Crippled Chick and will be beginning her Master’s Degree in Disability Studies in January 2014.