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bell hooks has written dozens of books on the interactions of race, gender and capitalism in modern society. Born as Gloria Jean Watkins in Hopkinsville, Kentucky, she grew up in racially segregated schools in a mostly white area, giving birth to her observations on racial inequality at a young age. After graduating she received degrees from Stanford University and University of California, and began teaching Ethics Studies at USC. During her time at USC she published a chapbook of poems, And There We Wept, her first publication. She has gone on to teach African and African-American Studies and English at Yale, among many other top universities across the country. Her first book, inspired by Sojourner Truth, from whom she got the title Ain’t I a Woman?, focuses on the effect historical racism and sexism has had on current cultural norms for African American women. These themes carry through many of her works, and are expanded upon in the context of media and pop culture tropes, the education system, as well as the issues in the feminism movement. She has gone on to discuss topics such as the failure of the feminist movement to focus on minority women, the lack of focus in the feminist movement, She travels the country giving lectures and speeches at universities and public gatherings. She has also written several children’s books, and expanded her works through lectures, papers, poetry and film. The NAACP, Reader’s Digest Fund, Publishers Weekly, and many more have praised her books and lectures. The Atlantic Monthly called her one of the nations leading public intellectuals. Today, she is continuing to write books and speak at discussion groups and seminars. Her work has helped define the feminist movement and emphasis feminism among African American women and leaves a legacy of radical new thought in feminism and the current state of cultural inequalities in America.