Project Director: Peggy McIntosh, Ph.D.

Inquiries about Peggy McIntosh’s speaking engagements and copyright fees can be directed to mmcintosh@wellesley.edu.

In the late 1980s, Peggy McIntosh’s essay on white privilege and male privilege, and her subsequent article "White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack," started a national and international conversation on white privilege and privilege systems in general. They provided a new lens for looking at power relations in all aspects of institutional and social life. Since these publications appeared, the concept of white privilege has developed into an essential feature of studies of oppression and power, and has evolved into an academic and activist field in its own right.

McIntosh was the founder in 1986 of the National SEED Project, which she codirected with Emily Style for its first 25 years (1987 to 2012). She is also a former associate director of the Wellesley Centers for Women. She is in demand as a compelling speaker whose talks and workshops provide an empowering conceptual framework for looking at dominance and subordination in the psyche and society. She offers presentations, workshops, and consulting on white privilege and privilege systems in general; diversifying organizational thinking; gender-fair and multicultural curricula; diversifying teaching methods; and feelings of fraudulence. Venues where she has presented include over 600 colleges, universities, K-12 schools, churches, communities, research centers, foundations, law firms, and conferences of associations and organizations.

The work of becoming aware of and dismantling systems of privilege is as critical as ever. We are dedicated to continuing this work toward a world of justice, peace, and wellbeing for women and girls, families and communities, in all their diversity around the world.


Related Projects: GEMSSEED

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