Since the advent of the women's movement, women have often expressed the belief that Black and White women in society have a great many common concerns and are, in fact, natural allies and friends. The fact is that, as adults, relatively few women are close friends with a woman of another racial background.  In DIVIDED SISTERS, Midge Wilson and Kathy Russell, the acclaimed co-authors (with Ronald Hall) of The Color Complex, tackle the nature of relationships between Black and White women, and explore how women from different racial backgrounds do, and don't get along.  Hard-hitting and filled with first-person accounts and illuminating anecdotes, ultimately hopeful and yet supremely uncompromising in its examination of the way women interact, DIVIDED SISTERS is nothing less than a landmark book that will open readers' eyes to the realities and challenges of bridging what is too frequently an unbreachable cultural divide.  NOTE:  This book, in its entirety, is posted below.

To contact the authors for talks and presentations on the topic of women's cross-race relations, or on the subject of colorism as featured in their other co-authored book, The Color Complex, you may email Dr. Midge Wilson at, or call her at 773 325-4258.



Chapter 1:  History: The Divisions Begin

Chapter 2:  Childhood:  From Schoolgirls to Homegirls

Chapter 3:  Surface Divisions:  Issues of Beauty and Style

Chapter 4:  Sexual Tensions

Chapter 5:  Making Friends:  Relationships on the Campus, int he Workplace, and Beyond

Chapter 6:  Social Activism:  Shared Agenda and Uneasy Alliances

Chapter 7:  Relations on the Home Front

Chapter 8:  Pop Culture and the Media

Epilogue:  Sisters Beneath the Skin

Reference Notes:

For other readings associated with this topic, see Readings.

These readings are from a course offered by Dr. Midge Wilson at DePaul University based on her book Divided Sisters.  For the course webpage, link here.