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Speaking of FeminismToday's Activists on the Past, Present, and Future of the U.S. Women's Movement$
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Rachel F. Seidman

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781469653082

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469653082.001.0001

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Activists in Their Twenties

Activists in Their Twenties

(p.161) Part Three Activists in Their Twenties
Speaking of Feminism

Rachel F. Seidman

University of North Carolina Press

The six women and one trans man in this chapter were between the ages of 20 and 30 years old. Like the other activists in this book, they search for ways to balance their passion and commitment to making a difference in the world with the need to earn a living, maintain their health, and craft lives that include time for friends and families. Several have been activists since they were teenagers. They discuss how the events of September 11, 2001 and the Great Recession of 2008 shaped their lives and their ideas about activism. They reveal how “intersectionality” inherently defines the way most of them think about feminism and see interconnections between issues --- whether reproductive justice, sexual assault, police brutality, Black Lives Matter, transgender experiences, housing and economic development. Several discuss the role of philanthropy in the feminist movement. These young activists’ ingenuity and their ability to tap into local and international networks, and to bring theory to practice, reflects a wealth of experience and knowledge that promises feminism remains a vital, evolving, and exciting movement.

Keywords:   Sexual assault, Reproductive justice, Philanthropy, Girl activism, Transgender movement, Black Lives Matter, Noorjahan Akbar, Ivanna Gonzalez, Ho Nguyen, Park Cannon, Andrea Pino, Rye Young, Alice Wilder

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