#femfuture is an experiment in movement-building that develops solutions for sustainability and impact in 21st century feminism.
In the summer of 2012, we partnered with the Barnard Center for Research on Women to convene a powerful group of bloggers, online organizers, and feminist educators in a proactive, inspired spirit of collaboration to look at what the field of online feminism is and what it could be.
Courtney Martin and Vanessa Valenti synthesized the ideas and data that came out of this convening to write a report on the new taxonomy of the feminist movement. The paper documents and analyzes some of the most lean organizations and innovative activists, organizers, and public intellectuals working on feminist issues today, and proposes solutions on how we can create a more sustainable future for this work. Read more about the paper here and our process here.
The overwhelming response from the report (including, but not limited to, fierce critique) indicated that the ideas explored in the paper should be further developed off the page. #femfuture has now moved beyond the paper to become a creative experiment in movement-building to explore new models of sustainability and impact in feminist activism today.
Courtney E. Martin is an author, blogger, and speaker. She is also the author of five books, including Do It Anyway: The New Generation of Activists, and Perfect Girls, Starving Daughters: How the Quest for Perfection is Harming Young Women. She is Editor Emeritus at Feministing.com and Founding Director of the Solutions Journalism Network. Her work has recently appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Christian Science Monitor, and MORE Magazine, among other national publications. Courtney has appeared on the TODAY Show, Good Morning America, MSNBC, and The O’Reilly Factor, and speaks widely on Millenials’ re-imagining success and social change. She is the recipient of the Elie Wiesel Prize in Ethics and a residency from the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Centre. She has lead the Op-Ed Project’s Public Voices Fellowship Programs at both Princeton and Yale Universities and a strategist for the TED Prize.
Samhita Mukhopadhyay is a writer and digital strategist from NY. She is a Senior Strategist at Purpose and the Executive Editor at Feministing.com. In 2011, she released her first book Outdated: Why Dating is Ruining Your Love Life. She has written for multiple outlets including GOOD Magazine, The Nation, The American Prospect, Alternet and the Guardian UK. She has been profiled in The Globe and Mail, The Rumpus, Salon, India Currents Magazine, Nirali Magazine, Brown Girl Magazine, Rabble.ca and on Alternet. She regularly lectures at colleges, universities and conferences about gender, politics, technology, sexuality and feminism. In 2012, she was an Aspen Ideas Scholar and in 2011, along with the rest of the Feministing crew, was a recipient of the Sidney Hillman award for excellence in blog journalism. She is also on the board of directors of the Center for Media Justice, an organization that focuses on justice communications and media ownership.
Vanessa Valenti is a blogger, speaker and strategist. She is the co-founder of Feministing.com, a pioneer in connecting feminism with online media and the largest online feminist community in the world. She is an honoree of the Sidney Hillman Prize in Blog Journalism and the 2009 Blogger’s Choice Award for Best Political Blog. Her work and commentary has appeared in POLITICO, USA Today, The Atlantic, the Houston Chronicle, Alternet and others. Vanessa is also a co-founder and partner of Valenti Martin Media, a next generation consultancy that amplifies big ideas, undiscovered stories, and cutting edge social change work, collaborating with organizations and institutions across the globe on social change innovation.
Jamia Wilson is a feminist media activist, organizer, and storyteller. By day, she serves as the TED Prize Storyteller at TED Conferences. She is the former Women’s Media Center VP of Programs and has worked at Planned Parenthood, Planned Parenthood Action Fund, People for the American Way, and New York University. Her words and works have been featured in Alternet, CBS News, C-SPAN, Forbes.com, Fox.com, GOOD Magazine, GRIT TV, In These Times, Ms. Magazine, The Today Show, Rookie Magazine, The Washington Post and more. She is a contributor to Women of Spirit and Faith’s 2011 anthologies Women, Spirituality, and Transformative Leadership: Where Grace Meets Power, Rookie: Yearbook One, Our Bodies, Ourselves 2011 Edition, Madonna and Me: Women Writers on the Queen of Pop, and I Still Believe Anita Hill. Jamia is a member of the Feminist.com board and the Omega Institute board of directors.
Dana Edell, Executive Director of SPARK Movement
Dana Edell, Executive Director of SPARK Movement