The Future of Feminist Activism
session focuses on the diversity of feminist activism and its impacts. Activism
has clearly been fundamentally changed by technology. Today’s generation of
activists are rarely seen in the streets protesting en mass; but rather, they
make their voices heard online by commenting, blogging and posting in social
media, signing online petitions, and making YouTube videos. While this can be
beneficial for improving the outreach of the message, it does not bring people
together in the same ways that the protests of the 60’s and 70’s did.
Baumgardner will talk about what feminist activism looks like today, coupled
with her perspectives on the effectiveness of different strategies for
inspiring people to become advocates in today’s complex world.
Presenter: Jennifer Baumgardner is a writer,
activist, filmmaker, and lecturer whose work explores abortion, sex,
bisexuality, rape, single parenthood, and women’s power. She is the Executive
Director/Publisher at The Feminist Press at CUNY. She moved to New York City after
graduation and began working as an unpaid intern for Ms. Magazine in
1993. By 1997, Baumgardner had become the youngest editor at Ms.
Magazine. She has since written for numerous magazines, including Glamour, The Nation, Babble, and Maxim and written and
produced two films, “I Had an Abortion” and “It Was Rape."