In the 1970’s, Walker emerged as an activist and an intellectual. She shifted her focus from sheer activism to writing as a tool to express Civil Rights, a movement that influenced her early works of storytelling.Although Walker shared many of the ideals of the feminist movement in the 1970’s, she preferred to call herself a “womanist”. She felt the wider white feminist movement itself came with its own racial prejudices against black women. Being a “womanist” allowed Walker to fight for the rights of women without abandoning the unique challenges black women were faced with at the time. As feminist awareness grew during the 1970’s, Alice Walker was not content with women merely taking on roles traditionally attributed to men.