Speaking of Feminism: Today's Activists on the Past, Present, and Future of the U.S. Women's Movement

Speaking of Feminism: Today's Activists on the Past, Present, and Future of the U.S. Women's Movement

by Rachel F. Seidman


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From the Women's Marches to the MeToo movement, it is clear that feminist activism is still 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
Samhita Mukhopadhyay
Ho Nguyen
Katie Orenstein
Patina Park
Erin Parrish
Andrea Pino
Joanne Smith
Rebecca Traister
Alice Wilder
Kabo Yang
Rye Young

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781469653082
Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date: 09/23/2019
Pages: 264
Sales rank: 1,199,503
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

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.

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This panorama of twenty-first-century feminism glows with passion, outrage, sensitivity, and creativity. Oral histories of twenty-five activists from diverse backgrounds and regions illuminate the personal, political, technological, and intellectual currents that shape contemporary feminist initiatives. Seidman demonstrates the vitality and necessity of their individual and collective efforts.—Nancy A. Hewitt, author of Radical Friend: Amy Kirby Post and Her Activist Worlds

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