From the Women’s Marches to the #MeToo movement, it is clear that feminist activism is alive and well in the twenty-first century. But how does a new generation of activists understand the work of the movement today? How are their strategies and goals unfolding? What worries feminist leaders most, and what are their hopes for the future? In Speaking of Feminism, Rachel F. Seidman presents insights from twenty-five feminist activists from around the United States, ranging in age from twenty to fifty. Allowing their voices to take center stage through the use of in-depth oral history interviews, Seidman places their narratives in historical context and argues that they help explain how recent new forms of activism developed and flourished so quickly. These individuals’ compelling life stories reveal their hard work to build flexible networks, bridge past and present, and forge global connections. This book offers essential reading for anyone seeking to understand the contemporary American women’s movement in all its diversity.
Interviewees include: Noorjahan Akbar, Soledad Antelada, Elisa Camahort Page, Park Cannon, Soraya Chemaly, Dana Edell, Kate Farrar, Ivanna Gonzalez, Tara Hall, Trisha Harms, Kwajelyn Jackson, Holly Kearl, Emily May, Kenya McKnight, Samita Mukhopadhyay, Ho Nguyen, Katie Orenstein, Patina Park, Erin Parrish, Andrea Pino, Joanne Smith, Rebecca Traister, Alice Wilder, Kabo Yang, and Rye Young.
Rachel F. Seidman is director of the Southern Oral History Program in the Center for the Study of the American South at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Park Cannon is a proud Democratic State Representative for Georgia House District 58. She attended the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill to graduate with two majors – Hispanic Linguistics and Linguistics – and a minor in women’s and gender studies. She lobbied as a health advocate for the Feminist Women’s Health Center, before becoming District 58’s State Representative.
Kwajelyn Jackson currently serves as Executive Director at Feminist Women’s Health Center (FWHC) in Atlanta, GA. She has an optimistic vision and pragmatism needed to lead an independent, non-profit, Feminist, multi-generational, multi-racial reproductive health, rights, and justice organization, providing compassionate abortion care in the South. Since 2013 she has led the expansion of FWHC’s statewide and national impact and deepened its community partnerships, leading the organization’s civic engagement, advocacy, education, and outreach teams, before becoming the organization’s first Black woman Executive Director.
This is a Charis Circle Founding the Future of Feminism Event. The suggested donation is $5