Language, Literacy, and Sociocultural Studies ETDs

Publication Date

Summer 7-15-2020


This dissertation is a theoretical piece that examines the positionality of white women in upholding white supremacy and a framework for critical white feminist thought that will move white women toward a self-reflexive and self-implicating praxis. A white matriarchy (Parker, 2018) is fully conceptualized as part of a powerful subsystem that operates under white supremacy. Concepts, such as a race-gender bribe and white women’s negative solidarity (Combahee River Collective, 1977), are exposed and discussed as part of the workings of white matriarchy. White emotionality (Matias, 2015), intergenerational whiteness, and antiracist parenting are also analyzed. I also suggest possibilities for resistance and forging a path out of whiteness for critical white women.


White Women, White Matriarchy, White Feminism, Intersectionality, Critical Reflection, White Emotionality, Critical White Feminist Thought

Document Type




Degree Name

Language, Literacy and Sociocultural Studies

Level of Degree


Department Name

Language, Literacy, and Sociocultural Studies

First Committee Member (Chair)

Richard Meyer

Second Committee Member

Nancy López- Co-Chair

Third Committee Member

Mary Rice

Fourth Committee Member

Rebecca Sanchez