Bell Hooks, (stylized as "bell hooks"), remains a key figure in bridging the gap between second-wave feminism and African-American politics. Since the former was largely made up of women from middle-class white backgrounds, Hooks' Ain’t I a Woman? explores why black women have a lower status, and are marginalized in the white feminist movement, as well as American society at large. Her landmark book wrestles with how race, gender, and class feed into negative stereotypes of black women. More than 30 years later, Ain't I a Woman? still rings true in its passionate attempt to resuscitate black female identity in the U.S.