SBF Shout-out: The Feminist New Crew

This Is What A Feminist Looks Like buttonAs brilliant friend of SBF, Sofia Quintero, said recently, “The face of feminism is far more diverse than the same names and faces that keep getting traction.”

True dat.

We are constantly amazed at the smart and creative feminist thinking, writing, and activism happening–online and offline, in classrooms and nonprofits, on blogs and in self-published books–all around us. And we are disheartened that many of the most insightful people we know are neither name-checked nor used as sources for analysis often enough. There are so many perspectives beyond those of the lions of second-wave feminism and the handful of third-wave feminists whose voices are amplified.

So, we decided to compile a list of feminists we love–voices that you really should know.

Now we tried to stick to brilliant folk who don’t get lots of shine for their work, so you won’t see names like Melissa Harris-Perry, because, come on, everybody already knows she’s great! But we did list a few people we are sure are on the cusp of the kind of mainstream recognition they deserve. (Janet Mock, we are looking at you!) Also, included in this list are some folks who emphatically do not embrace the label “feminist” for valid and understandable reasons, but who are still fighting the good fight on behalf of gender equality and against an oppression that is intersectional.

Also, we are fully prepared to wake up tonight in a panic, remembering someone we left off the list. We apologize in advance. Feel free to suggest more names in the comments. And look for this list to evolve.

Now, here it is, in no particular order, Squeezed Between Feminisms list of the Feminist New School:

Tressie McMillan Cottom

TF Charlton

Janet Mock

Dr. Yaba Blay

Carolyn Edgar

Maegan La Mala Ortiz

Lindsey Yoo

Aiesha Turman

Aishah Shahidah Simmons

The Feminist Wire crew

The Crunk Feminist Collective

Sikivu Hutchinson

David J. Leonard

Bianca Laureano

Monica Roberts

Dr. Kortney Ryan Ziegler

Jessica Luther

Jennifer Pozner

Shark Fu

Sofia Quintero

Fatemeh Fakhraie

Renina Jarmon

Melissa McEwan

A. Breeze Harper

Sarah J. Jackson

Jessica Danforth

Alison Roh Park

Scot Nakagawa

Samhita Mukhopadhyay

Sarah Jaffe

Lenee Voss (a.k.a. @dopegirlfresh)

Anna Saini

Robert Jones, Jr. (a.k.a. Son of Baldwin)

Darnell Moore

Mark Anthony Neal

Michelle Kinsey Bruns

Aimee Thorne-Thomsen

Deanna Zandt

Daniel José Older

Ileana Jiménez

Miriam Zoila Pérez

Nicole Clark

Lisa Factora-Borchers

Jamia Wilson

Steph Herold

Shanelle Matthews


7 thoughts on “SBF Shout-out: The Feminist New Crew

  1. Sofia Quintero November 23, 2013 at 10:26 am Reply

    So honored to be on this list of the Feminist New School, and I hope every person on it contributes at least one quote to the compilation I’m creating.

  2. Jamia Wilson November 23, 2013 at 1:11 pm Reply

    Honored and humbled to be in such amazing company. Love and respect you all so much for your brains, heart, vision and endurance. xo Jamia

  3. Darling Nikki (@Nikki_Stiletto) November 25, 2013 at 10:53 pm Reply

    I feel like you made a HUGE glaring oversight by not mentioning Hood Feminism – Mikki Kendall, Jamie Nesbitt Golden. I mean Mikki created the #solidarityisforwhitewomen hastag

  4. […] But it does. […]

  5. lubiddu November 30, 2013 at 2:41 pm Reply

    Sydette Harry (Blackamazon). Brownfemipower. Flavia Dzodan.

  6. […] But it does. […]

  7. drgoddess December 12, 2013 at 12:10 am Reply

    Well, hello there, Sweeties. I second this list and count all of these people as my Womanist or otherwise colleagues. Tami had referenced me in “Bitch Magazine,” I am one of The Feminist Wire’s “Feminists We Love,” and the upcoming feature for the Women’s Media Center in February 2014. But everytime I make or contribute to a lost, I’m always so embarrassed by the fabulous folks I left off. Hey, consider it an embarrassment of riches and Thank Goodness for that! May I add:

    Jenifer Daniels
    Deesha Philyaw
    Jamila Bey
    James Peterson
    and I’ve already gone blank and am ashamed. lol.

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