“We Are Extraordinarily Lucky to Be Living in These Times”: A Conversation with Grace Lee Boggs

“We Are Extraordinarily Lucky to Be Living in These Times”: A Conversation with Grace Lee Boggs "We Are Extraordinarily Lucky to Be Living in These Times" A Conversation with Grace Lee Boggs Karín Aguilar-San Juan Who is Grace Lee Boggs--and why should scholars of women's, gender, and sexuality studies focus on her? In a radio show produced in the summer of 2011 by Zak Rosen, Grace described herself as follows: "I'm ninety-five years old. In my teens I became a philosopher, and in my twenties I became an activist."1 Grace is a longtime resident of Detroit, Michigan; a collaborator of West Indian historian C. L. R. James;2 the wife of autoworker and theorist James ("Jimmy") Boggs;3 and a writer and lecturer whose audience seems to have broadened with each succeeding decade. Especially as a woman, she has ignored or defied the limits and expectations often placed before her, and by so doing she has opened up the possibilities for how people of all genders think about their lives, how they participate in radical political activism, and how they engage with theory. On the first page of her autobiography, Living for Change, Grace writes: "Had I not been born female and Chinese American, I would not have realized from early on that fundamental changes were http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Frontiers: A Journal of Women Studies University of Nebraska Press

“We Are Extraordinarily Lucky to Be Living in These Times”: A Conversation with Grace Lee Boggs

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"We Are Extraordinarily Lucky to Be Living in These Times" A Conversation with Grace Lee Boggs Karín Aguilar-San Juan Who is Grace Lee Boggs--and why should scholars of women's, gender, and sexuality studies focus on her? In a radio show produced in the summer of 2011 by Zak Rosen, Grace described herself as follows: "I'm ninety-five years old. In my teens I became a philosopher, and in my twenties I became an activist."1 Grace is a longtime resident of Detroit, Michigan; a collaborator of West Indian historian C. L. R. James;2 the wife of autoworker and theorist James ("Jimmy") Boggs;3 and a writer and lecturer whose audience seems to have broadened with each succeeding decade. Especially as a woman, she has ignored or defied the limits and expectations often placed before her, and by so doing she has opened up the possibilities for how people of all genders think about their lives, how they participate in radical political activism, and how they engage with theory. On the first page of her autobiography, Living for Change, Grace writes: "Had I not been born female and Chinese American, I would not have realized from early on that fundamental changes were

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Frontiers: A Journal of Women StudiesUniversity of Nebraska Press

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