Young, Black and Feminist

These women are giving voice to communities that have long gone unheard.

Wagatwe Wanjuki; Hannah Giorgis; Lori Adelman
Wagatwe Wanjuki; Hannah Giorgis; Lori Adelman Courtesy of Wagatwe Wanjuki; courtesy of Hannah Giorgis; courtesy of Lori Adelman

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

Giorgis is an up-and-coming feminist writer whose work has appeared in Black Girl Dangerous and The Youngist. Giorgis has amassed a large following on her blog, Ethiopienne.

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.