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Breaking the mold: Working through our differences to vocalize the sound of change

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  • Amal Abdellatif, Northumbria University
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  • Maryam Aldossari, University of Edinburgh
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  • Ilaria Boncori, University of Essex
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  • Jamie Callahan, Northumbria University
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  • Uracha Chatrakul Na Ayudhya, School of Business, Economics and Informatics
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  • Sara Chaudhry, University of Edinburgh
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  • Nina Kivinen, Uppsala University
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  • Shan Jan Sarah Liu, University of Edinburgh
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  • Ea Høg Utoft
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  • Natalia Vershinina, Audencia Business School
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  • Emily Yarrow, Portsmouth Business School
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  • Alison Pullen, Macquarie University

This paper orchestrates alterethnographical reflections in which we, women, polyphonically document, celebrate and vocalize the sound of change. This change is represented in Kamala Harris's appointment as the first woman, woman of color, and South Asian American as the US Vice President, breaking new boundaries of political leadership, and harvesting new gains for women in leadership and power more broadly. With feminist awareness and curiosity, we organize and mobilize individual texts into a multivocal paper as a way to write solidarity between women. Recognizing our intersectional differences, and power differentials inherent in our different positions in academic hierarchies, we unite to write about our collective concerns regarding gendered, racialised, classed social relations. Coming together across intersectional differences in a writing community has been a vehicle to speak, relate, share, and voice our feelings and thoughts to document this historic moment and build a momentum to fulfill our hopes for social change. As feminists, we accept our responsibility to make this history written, rather than manipulated or erased, by breaking the mold in the form of multi-layered embodied texts to expand writing and doing research differently through re/writing otherness.

Original languageEnglish
JournalGender, Work and Organization
Pages (from-to)1956-1979
Number of pages24
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2021

    Research areas

  • alterethnography, feminist organizing, intersectionality, polyphony, rewriting otherness

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