Frequently Asked Questions
The Angelena Atlas is a spatial and digital network that recontextualizes Los Angeles neighborhoods through the filter of intersectional feminism online, in print, and in-person.
Mapping Feminist Los Angeles is a working group that aims to build the crowdsourced online and print map, The Angelena Atlas, and to share important intersectional feminist resources, services, and events in Los Angeles County.
Based out of the Women's Center for Creative Work, we are a collective of volunteers who enjoy convening over topics relating to maps, geography, urban design, visual data, and feminism. Our goal is to foster a new spatial awareness of Los Angeles neighborhoods as experienced by women, trans and non-binary folx. Our online platform will be accompanied by print collateral and public engagement activities such as foldout zine maps, interactive story maps, feminist walking tours, artist-led workshops, etc).
We envision our map to be evolving, open-source, accessible, and representative of a multitude of identities, lived experiences, and neighborhoods in Los Angeles.
“The fact that gender is not an isolated fact about us, but instead intersects with our other identities, is called intersectionality.” ---Gender: Ideas, Interactions, Institutions by Lisa Wade and Myra Marx Ferree
From the Intersectionality Now! zine: “Intersectionality: A framework, a blueprint. A feminism that sees your multiple identities and acknowledges that you live them all at once, all of the time. A feminism that works for gender equity AND an end to ALL the interconnected systems of oppression that affect ALL OF US in different ways.”
Intersectionality is a term that was coined by Kimberlé Crenshaw in 1989 in response to the fact that Black liberationist politics and white feminism have not reflected the experiences of Black women, whose lives are affected by both racism and sexism. If you want to read more, here is a link to an early article by Kimberle Crenshaw exploring the idea of intersectionality http://chicagounbound.uchicago.edu/uclf/vol1989/iss1/8 and a syllabus of other resources you might explore: http://intersectionalactivism.com/
We have included organizations on this map that are active in fighting oppression in diverse areas of work. These organizations may not have explicit intersectional feminist statements or commitments, but they all work to improve the lives of women and address women’s experiences in and through all of their intersecting identities. This means that we have included organizations doing anti-racism work or working with low-income communities, even if they serve communities other than women.
At this time, we have decided not to include retail spaces on our map, although we recognize the tradition of feminist book stores and other spaces that have been powerful forces in feminist work. If an organization contains a retail operation, that organization must be a 501(c)3 and the primary mission of the organization must be something other than retail. While it could be a useful project, we have not set out to map women-owned businesses.
Maps are like any knowledge generating process and any display of information in that how a map is framed and who or what is included on a map can reveal or obscure many different social realities. For this reason, we have tried to be very thoughtful about how we are defining an intersectional feminist resource (see above).
We recognize that traditional maps are designed with a person of privilege as their intended users and are not accessible to everyone. To the best of our ability, we are including data on the map about ADA accessibility and languages spoken. We hope to be able to provide translations for our text materials in the future.
We recognize that online resources are not accessible or comfortable for everyone. Therefore, the first iteration of our map will be available as a printed zine for those who prefer to navigate information on paper or offline. We hope that we can get this zine into people’s hands through outreach events around LA.
We hope to build a dataset of intersectional feminist resources that we will publish in print zine and in an online map.
We hope to build a website that will display this database in a searchable, interactive format and allow individuals to add locations to the map and allow the entries to be moderated. In other words, entries will have to be reviewed for completeness and appropriateness before appearing on the map.
We hope to include an events feature on the map for one time or temporary ongoing events that would be of intersectional interest.
We hope to host outreach events to connect people to these resources in real life, perhaps by hosting feminist walking tours.
We recognize that a small group of ad hoc volunteers will not have representation from every identity, experience, or expertise. Still, we are committed to an inclusive decision-making process in which someone who is affected by an issue would be the ultimate decision-maker about what relevant resources should be included on the map. So, we are recruiting such individuals to advise us and keep us accountable to the multiple communities that we hope to serve through this resource. If you would like to serve in this capacity or know someone who would be good for this role, please contact us
Nope, and we want you to be a part of it! You can submit a location for the map here
Come to a meeting and give us your thoughts. Or just sign up to receive updates on our progress here
Current needs: UX designers, front end developers, back end developers.
Individuals with experience or expertise in health & wellness, anti-racism, mass Incarceration, immigrant resources, housing, disabilities, and arts & culture to join our working group, or to serve on our advisory council.
Who can join the project? Everyone! No coding or tech experience is required to attend meetings.
Please fill this form
out to suggest a location for the map.
Entries on the map come to us in several ways. Volunteers who come to our meetings suggest entries for the map.
We solicit entries at outreach events.
Anyone can submit an organization through our website.
Members of the advisory council, who are volunteers recruited for their experience and/or expertise in a particular area of intersectional feminism, review the suggestions on a periodic basis.
LA is a big place and we may never be done mapping all of the intersectional feminist resources that are here. We’re adding to the map all of the time, so if we’ve missed something you think should be on the map, please submit it here here