I was humbled to be asked by the Barnard Center for Research on Women to share the work I have done with Girls for Gender Equity and Hey, Shorty! as a part of the “Writing, New Media, and Feminist Activism” panel at their 40th anniversary event, Activism and the Academy: Celebrating 40 Years of Feminist Scholarship and Action. Many of us struggle with our understandings of the interplay among theories and activisms. In particular, we struggle with perceptions of them as being distinct from one another and the value each is assigned, culturally and within social justice movements. There are precious few spaces where the false division of scholarship and organizing is identified and examined, and this weekend’s event provided an exemplary moment of collision. It has been, and continues to be, a privilege to participate in such groundbreaking work.
Below are a few reflections from the high school students who attended the conference as a part of their Fierce and Fabulous: Feminist Women Writers, Artists, and Activists class, which is taught by of one of my co-panelists, Ileana Jiménez, a social justice educator and feminist activist. Their presence and participation in the conference was inspiring, and I was excited to read what they had to say.