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Mary Helen Washington

  • What we have to recognize is that the creation of the fiction of tradition is a matter of power, not justice, and that that power has always been in the hands of men ... Our 'ritual journeys,' our 'articulate voices,' our 'symbolic spaces' are rarely the same as men's. Those differences and the assumption that those differences make women inherently inferior, plus the appropriation by men of the power to define tradition, account for women's absence from our written records.

    • Mary Helen Washington,
    • "'The Darkened Eye Restored': Notes Toward a Literary History of Black Women," in Henry Louis Gates, Jr., ed., Reading Black, Reading Feminist ()

Mary Helen Washington, U.S. writer, editor, educator