shehive

creating safe spaces to deconstruct gender inequity

about us

shehive is a grassroots project creating safe spaces to deconstruct gender inequity. The group was founded in March 2014 after launching the first women317 show to celebrate Women's History Month. Since then, over ninety artists have graced the women317 stage with spoken word, song, dance, visual art and stories; and dozens of women, femmes and others engage in each buzzwords workshop and meetup. shehive is made possible by in-kind donations and the contributions of women and femmes sharing in each space. We are excited to continue growing in our fourth year!

 

programs

buzzwords

interactive workshops for women and femmes only to explore gender issues in popular culture


meetups

informal, gender inclusive gatherings to discuss current events and reading material related to gender


women317

performance and visual art shows featuring local women artists

*women denotes all people who identify as women*

 

enduring understandings

  1. I understand and experience accessible and safe spaces, engage and connect with people of similar and differing identities at shehive meetups, workshops, and events.

  2. I am able to actively listen to and un/learn alongside fellow participants, critically think about information and perspectives presented, and articulate with language of my choosing how the social construction of gender impacts and informs my life, relationships, and communities, and that of others.

  3. I apply and share what I gain at shehive meetups, workshops, and events to my self-reflection, daily life, and with people I care for, support, and interact with.

 

guiding principles

We define gender equity as justice and liberation for all genders and gender equality as fairness between the gender binary. We know fairness as we understand it cannot exist without justice. Gender equity centers marginalized communities of women and femmefolk where gender equality upholds and perpetuates a patriarchal worldview.   

gender equity


Discomfort is fertile ground for developing a critical consciousness. Safe spaces created by shehive value personal and communal growth by decentering individual feelings of discomfort and embracing vulnerability with oneself in community with others.  

safe space


Our work to make art, politically educate, and communally thrive is created for, led by, and centers self-identified women and femmes of color. Our imagining of a gender equitable world is rooted in principles informed by black feminist and afrofuturist theory and organizing praxis.

black feminism


The term and concept developed by black woman and scholar KimberlĂ© Crenshaw provides us language to describe the ways our identities are connected within and outside ourselves. We interrogate how we continually understand ourselves and how we move through the world while navigating and deconstructing internalized dominance and internalized inferiority, personally and politically. 

intersectionality


bell hooks often reminds us literacy is required for liberation. We practice and sharpen our literacy skills by reading, listening to and discussing material related to gender collectively and applying what we un/learn and gain from conversation to our lives, relationships, and communities.

literacy


A good part of women/femme-centered work is concentrated on external forces of oppression as defined by Indigenous woman and scholar activist Andrea Smith (white supremacy, capitalism, and cisheteropatriarchy), and justifiably so. Our work is focused on dismantling internal forces of oppression (whiteness, wealth, and worth). Audre Lorde developed the idea and phrase, "I am my best work," while Toni Cade Bambara imparted, "Revolution begins with the self, in the self." We know the key to liberation is recovering our authentic selves, our fragmented histories, as described by bell hooks. Self-recovery, both concept and continual practice, is at the heart of shehive's work. 

self-recovery