Joan Elise Robinson Acker was born on March 18, 1924, and died on June 22, 2016.
She was an American feminist sociologist, researcher, writer, and educator.
Joan was a part of the University of Oregon faculty since 1967.
Joan Acker was considered one of the leading analysts regarding gender and class within the second wave of feminism.
She was best known for her theories on the relationship between race, class, and gender.
Joan Acker discusses this relationship in several of her publications, including her 2006 book Class Questions: Feminist Answers.
Joan Acker describes the need to think about race, class, and gender not as separate entities but as “intersecting systems of oppression.
She was the founder the Center for the Study of Women in Society at the University of Oregon, in 1973
Joan Acker contributed to raise pay wages for low-wage jobs in Oregon while serving on a state task force from 1981-1983.
Joan Acker passed away at 92 yrs old.