Currently the rhetoric of difference and diversity among women dominates discussions in legal feminism about where women stand in relation to each other. The words difference and diversity organize the relationship among women in ways that can eclipse the differential impact of ableism, economic exploitation, heterosexism, racism, and sexism in women's lives. Differences among women are taken into account, for example, in the recognition that some women are doubly and triply disadvantaged. Ultimately, however, the multiple ways in which we as women actually are implicated in maintaining structures of domination in each other's lives can remain uninterrogated. Consequently, while women often seek solidarity, we frequently find it difficult to sustain collective action, given our respective differences.
Mary Louise Fellows and Sherene Razack, Seeking Relations: Law and Feminism Roundtables, 19 Signs 1048 (1994), available at http://scholarship.law.umn.edu/faculty_articles/454.