This paper critically examines the interplay of race and gender within Brazilian and Global South feminism, with a specific focus on the impact of the Western canon on women’s identities and positions, particularly within the realm of art history. The exclusion of women from traditional art historical narratives and the dominance of Eurocentric and male-centric perspectives perpetuates a limited understanding of women’s contributions. The COVID-19 pandemic has further exposed and exacerbated existing inequalities, disproportionately affecting marginalised communities, including women of colour, Indigenous women, and low-income women in Brazil, Australia, and the Global South.
In response to these existing inequalities, I emphasise the significance of postcolonial feminism and its emphasis on intersectionality in comprehending the experiences of non-Western women and addressing the limitations of Western feminist theories. It is essential to develop a comprehensive understanding of women’s lives that goes beyond singular perspectives, given their distinct and disproportionate experiences during the pandemic. Additionally, I explore the significance of Global South feminism, which prioritises the struggles and liberation of women in regions burdened by colonial legacies and ongoing political challenges. I advocate for the amplification of marginalised women’s voices and engagement with their unique perspectives and realities.
By critically analysing these perspectives, this paper underscores the need for inclusive and decolonized feminist theories and practices. I call for transformative approaches and inclusive frameworks that promote a comprehensive and nuanced understanding of the challenges faced by diverse women within the context of postcolonial and Global South feminism in Brazil and Australia. Through collective efforts, I aim to navigate pathways towards equity and inclusivity, ensuring that feminist discourses are responsive to the needs and aspirations of all women.