A growing collective of young black feminists is helping to give voice to communities that have long gone unheard and underrepresented. Social media platforms such as Twitter have given this new generation of activists a place to build community, to debate gender and sexual politics, and to use as a springboard for a career. Here’s a list of young black feminists who are making a difference.
1. Wagatwe Wanjuki
Wanjuki runs the popular blog F–k Yeah, Feminists, where she uses her personal story of sexual assault to help empower other sexual assault survivors. Wanjuki is also working to end campus sexual violence. She has been an organizer for the Know Your IX campaign, a program designed to educate college students about their rights under Title IX, which has primarily been used to address sex discrimination in sports but is really about ending sex discrimination in education. Wanjuki has written for many feminist publications and has appeared on The Daily Show and Katie Couric’s talk show. She was recently invited to the White House to discuss campus sexual violence.
2. Hannah Giorgis
3. Lori Adelman
Currently working as the executive director of partnerships for the influential site Feministing, Adelman has a long rap sheet of feminist work. She works as a communications and advocacy officer in the global division of Planned Parenthood Federation of America. Previously Adelman worked for the Every Woman Every Child initiative, which was launched in 2010 by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, and at the International Women’s Health Coalition.