Feminist figurehead and writer bell hooks (69) died

In the United States, author and professor Gloria Jean Watkins, better known by her pseudonym bell hooks, died at the age of 69. In addition to being an academic, Watkins was also a feminist figurehead. Her hand included Aint I a Woman? (Am I not a woman?) , a leading feminist work.

The author died in front of her family, after a long sick bed. Watkins used her great-grandmothers name as an author, without capital letters, because she wanted to emphasize the content of her work and not her identity.

She wrote more than thirty books under the pseudonym and her works were translated into more than fifteen languages. Aint I a Woman? , about the position of black women, is considered groundbreaking within feminist thinking. Among other things, the author was nominated for the prestigious Pulitzer Prize for Poetry.

Watkins grew up in the state of Kentucky and attended a segregated school. In her work, she paid a lot of attention to social identity and factors such as race, gender and social class. She was a professor at various institutions, including the University of California – Santa Cruz and San Francisco State University.