In honor of Women’s History Month, I was asked to contribute to Natasha Sistrunk Robinson’s blog about a woman who inspires me. It is a privilege to be in relationship with so many awesome women who are making a difference in the world and bringing God glory!
Andrea (Andy) Smith is one of the most profound and influential intellectual minds of the 21st century. She is a Cherokee Indian and a Southern Baptist, a committed evangelical who has devoted her life to ending global oppression.
I consider it a great privilege to count Andy a friend. Her resume is stellar including a tenured position in the Department of Media and Cultural Studies at the University of California – Riverside. She is sitting for the bar exam this summer and is completing her law degree from University of California – Irvine. She was recently awarded the prestigious Skadden Fellowship to provide legal services to the disabled in Los Angeles. She is the author of several books including Conquest: Sexual Violence and American Indian Genocide (2005) and Native Americans and the Christian Right: The Gendered Politics of Unlikely Alliances (2008).
Nonetheless, Andy’s most significant contribution to humanity is her authentic commitment to love, serve, and confront injustice. Andy was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2005 for her work confronting violence towards women of color. Read more at Natasha’s blog. . .