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


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.

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Divisions: College of Business and Social Sciences > Aston Business School > Work & Organisational Psychology
Additional Information: © 2021 The Authors. Gender, Work & Organization published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd. This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Uncontrolled Keywords: alterethnography,feminist organizing,intersectionality,polyphony,rewriting otherness,Gender Studies,Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management
Publication ISSN: 1468-0432
Last Modified: 19 Jun 2024 07:18
Date Deposited: 15 Oct 2021 09:35
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PURE Output Type: Article
Published Date: 2021-09
Published Online Date: 2021-07-01
Accepted Date: 2021-06-21
Authors: Abdellatif, Amal
Aldossari, Maryam (ORCID Profile 0000-0001-9661-4610)
Boncori, Ilaria
Callahan, Jamie
Ayudhya, Uracha Chatrakul Na
Chaudhry, Sara
Kivinen, Nina
Liu, Shan‐Jan Sarah
Utoft, Ea Høg
Vershinina, Natalia
Yarrow, Emily
Pullen, Alison



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License: Creative Commons Attribution

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