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She Talks Series: The Intersections of Feminism and Racial Identities

  • YWCA Greater Austin 2015 South IH 35, Suite 110, Austin TX 78741 (map)

Over the course of three weeks, this series will aim to provide women of color with a space to discuss identity, intersectional feminism and social justice. This three-part series features dynamic speakers from the YWCA, an organization that exists to eliminate racism, empower women, stand up for social justice, help families and strengthen communities.

Tickets for the 3-week series are $10 per session ($30 for the series). All proceeds benefit the YWCA, and RSVPs will be capped at 40 people per session. Drinks and snacks will be provided by #bossbabesATX. The event will be held at the following address: 2015 South IH 35, Suite 110, Austin TX 78741

These speakers will lead group workshops in the following topics:

  • Am I _____ Right Now? - This talk will take a look at how we move among identities at different times and places in our lives. We will explore ideas of cultural appropriation and how we see ourselves versus how others see us.

  • That’s not feminism, is it? - This talk will discuss current perspectives on feminism, the definition of “feminism” as a term and whether or not it is representative of all people.

  • What’s Behind the Mask? - This talk will explore cultural appropriation and whether it is acceptable to amplify or emphasize differences based on appearance, speech, or other cultural markers (in satire, art music, theater, etc.).


Speakers include:

Laura Gomez-Horton, LCSW and Dr. DeAnna Harris-McKoy

Laura Gómez-Horton is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Board-Approved Supervisor through the Texas State Board of Social Work Examiners.  She received a Bachelor’s and Master’s of Social Work from the University of Texas at Austin in 1996 and 1997, respectively. She is currently the clinical director at the YWCA Greater Austin whose adopted mission is “eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.” Laura is a member of the National Association for Social Workers (NASW).

Dr. DeAnna Harris-McKoy is currently a couple’s and family therapist and an assistant professor at Texas A&M University Central Texas. She received two Bachelor’s of Science degrees from University of Maryland College Park in Family Studies and Psychology in 2007. She then went to Drexel University where she received a Master’s of Family Therapy in 2009. She received her doctorate in Marriage and Family Therapy at The Florida State University in 2013. She has presented research at various national conferences. She is a former American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Minority Fellow. She has received multiple awards for her community service and leadership ability, including the Ivan Boszormenyi-Nagy, M.D. Social Justice Award.

Meet the organizers:

#bossbabesATX - #bossbabesATX is a series of meets and retreats for self-­identified women in creative industry in Austin, Texas. The organization hosts cross-­industry and career-­centric meet­ups, day­long creative retreats, workshops and more. For more information, please visit:

YWCA Greater Austin - YWCA is the oldest and largest multicultural women's organization in the world. Their mission is to eliminate racism, empower women, stand up for social justice, help families and strengthen communities.