Virtual Event: Ilsa Govan and Tilman Smith — What's Up with White Women?

This is a virtual event taking place via Zoom Webinar.

Third Place Books is thrilled to welcome Ilsa Govan and Tilman Smith—educators, social justice activists, and Seattle-based workshop facilitators—for a presentation on their new book, What's Up with White Women?: Unpacking Sexism and White Privilege in Pursuit of Racial Justice.


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About What's Up with White Women?. . .

What's Up with White Women? is a guide for white women to strengthen their anti-racism practices. A powerful model using self-reflection and real-life stories of white women's experiences with sexism and white privilege gives them the tools to cultivate genuine partnerships with Black, Indigenous, and People of Color.

As a white woman, ask yourself: are you upholding or fighting racism?

What's Up with White Women? is a practical guide for white women who are interested in becoming more effective in their cross-cultural, anti-racist practices.

Blending real-life stories, theory, and anti-racism practices from decades of on-the-ground work, the authors invite white women to understand their gendered role in systemic racism and their unique opportunity for action. Both frank and compassionate, coverage includes:

  • Stories of white women's experiences with sexism, racism, and white privilege
  • How white women harm BIPOC and ourselves by colluding with systems of oppression
  • Why and how white women often hijack race conversations
  • A powerful six-stage identity development model for self-reflection and growth
  • Guiding questions and practical actions for strengthening anti-racism practices
  • Tools to cultivate genuine partnerships with BIPOC individuals and groups.

Ilsa Govan has extensive experience as a facilitator, consultant, writer and social justice activist. As Co-Founder of Cultures Connecting (, she has led conversations about racial equity at workshops and conferences across the country. She also volunteers to co-coordinate the White Caucus at the annual national White Privilege Conference. Prior to Cultures Connecting, Ilsa worked as an Equity and Race Specialist for Seattle Public Schools where she was tasked with addressing institutional racism in a large organization. 

Tilman Smith has been an educator and project manager for over thirty-five years, serving as a teacher, administrator, college instructor, caucus facilitator, trainer, and coach. She has facilitated workshops throughout the country on the topics of racial justice, white privilege, internalized sexism, and internalized white superiority. Currently, Tilman partners with government, educational, and non-profit agencies as a race-based caucus organizer, facilitator, trainer, and executive coach. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in French and History from the University of Colorado and her Master’s Degree in Human Development from Pacific Oaks College Northwest. 

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