Biographies of First Testifiers, Commentators, and Singers, followed by other participants who had registered and provided biographical information in time for publication of the printed program. Some biographies have been revised from the versions that were originally published, but all were printed in October, 2013.
Ti-Grace Atkinson: National Organization for Women, National board (1967-1968); member of N.O.W.-New York (1967-1968); Lucy Stone League; president of New York-N.O.W. (1968); founder of October 17th Movement (Oct. 1968-Sept. 1969); Daughters of Bilitis, Inc.; Human Rights for Women, Inc. (1969 to present); “Autonomous Woman” Project (HRW); The Feminists (1969-April 1970); Italian-American Civil-Rights League (1970-1973); Florynce Kennedy’s “Media Workshop”; feminist actions (Grove Press sit-in and arrests) and Impeach Nixon Kiss-Off (arrests, 1972); Defense Committees against the Grand Juries (1973-1976); Pat Swinton Defense Committee; Susan Saxe Defense Committee; Sagaris Institute; support to Judy Clark Defense Committee; support to Assata Shakur Defense; Committee for Women Political Prisoners; Seattle Radical Women; Society for Women in Philosophy (S.W.I.P.); Radical Feminist Questionnaire Project (1983-1987).
Nellie Hester Bailey: is the Director and co‐founder of Harlem Tenants Council (HTC), created to “provide relief for the poor and to combat community deterioration as a result of the accelerated pace of gentrification in Harlem.” She is also the co-host of Black Agenda Radio on Progressive Radio Network.
Frances M. Beal: is a Black social justice feminist as well as a peace and justice advocate living in the Bay Area. She started political activism in college with the NAACP in 1958, but soon ran into conservative restrictions, when she was told to discontinue picketing in front of Woolworth’s in Madison, Wisconsin in opposition to its racist hiring practices in the South. She was electrified by a campus speaker representing the southern civil rights sit-in movement and began a life of political activism that continues into the 21st century.
During a stay in France where she attended the Sorbonne, Beal became heavily influenced by student opposition to the colonial status of Algeria. This was reinforced by many a cafe discussion about the decolonization process in Africa, which provided an international world outlook which came to define her politics at home. Brousing a used bookstore in Paris, she uncovered a book by Simone de Beauvoir, which reinforced many ideas on sex that she had begun to consider. Beal also met Malcolm X in Paris and was influenced by his politics.
Upon her return to the U.S.A., she worked with SNCC (Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee) and then became involved in SNCC’s International Affairs Commission. Other influences included meetings with women at the United Nations representing African liberation and anti-colonial struggles.
When the Moynihan Report was published (1965) positing that the main problem afflicting the Black community was the Black matriarchy, Beal became a founding member of the SNCC Black Women’s Liberation Committee (1968), which evolved into the TWWA (Third World Women’s Alliance [1970-1978]), and included all women of color. She resisted a turn toward what Beal considered “reactionary Black nationalism” – a view that tried to push Black women into a second class role- and became a national figure upon publication of her most seminal work: “Double Jeopardy: To Be Black & Female” (1970), which posed the intersection of race, class and sex as the theoretical and political framework for understanding Black women’s condition and the path to struggle for liberation. Beal edited the TWWA’s newspaper “Triple Jeopardy” where much of her work first appeared.
Beal is also a lifelong peace advocate, supporting the struggle for Cuba’s sovereignty, opposing the war in Vietnam, and supporting African liberation struggle and peace in the Middle East. She worked 17 years at ACLU. She was also the National Secretary of the Black Radical Congress, and through her weekly column in the San Francisco Bay area, became a nationwide essayist on current Black politics and issues impacting African American women.
Anna Boswell-Levy: is the rabbi of Tzedek v’Shalom (Hebrew for “Justice and Peace”) in Bucks County, PA, and she is honored to participate in this conference with her congregant Joan Amatniek who is the sister of Kathie Sarachild. She is also the mother of Adar, a feisty, funny 19-month girl who she is raising to perhaps be a Smithie like herself (class of 1998, though if Adar chooses a more radical feminist path that would be just as wonderful). Anna is active in various Jewish and interfaith organizations, and is currently serving as the co-chair of the board of T’ruah: the Rabbinic Call for Human Rights (where Tirzah Firestone is a sister board member). She is a lifelong Jewish feminist, creative ritual maker, and erstwhile writer of poetry.
Jenny Brown: 47, was first recruited to organized feminism in the late 1980s in Gainesville, Florida, when she met Carol Giardina and Judith Brown of Gainesville Women’s Liberation. As a result, she spent a summer in Mississippi as staff for Stop Child Sexual Abuse, restarted the University of Florida’s Campus NOW chapter which protested the “Miss UF Pageant,” and learned to teach GWL’s class, “Women’s Liberation: Where Do I Fit In?” a 9-week history, consciousness-raising and action class now offered by National Women’s Liberation. She was introduced to Redstockings by GWL and volunteered to work on Redstockings’ pioneering Women’s Liberation Archives for Action catalog in 1989. She has worked with Redstockings ever since, including co-authoring the book Women’s Liberation and National Health Care: Confronting the Myth of America with Kathie Sarachild and Amy Coenen. She’s a former co-chair of the Alachua County Labor Party in Gainesville, Florida, where for ten years she worked primarily on the Labor Party’s program for health care with ‘no co-pays, no deductibles, and no insurance companies.’ She was also an organizer, arrestee, and plaintiff in the recently-victorious National Women’s Liberation campaign to put the morning-after pill over-the-counter for women and girls. She is currently a staff writer for Labor Notes in its Brooklyn office.
Candi Churchill: 37, was recruited to the Women’s Liberation Movement in 1997 through the University of Florida (UF) Campus National Organization for Women (NOW) and Gainesville Women’s Liberation (GWL), the first women’s liberation group formed in the south in 1968 founded by Judith Brown and Carol Giardina. She organized a local “Justice for Women NOW” campaign using consciousness-raising (CR), speak-outs and direct actions against men and the justice system to bring reported rapists and harassers to justice. An organizer with National Women’s Liberation (NWL), she has led CRs, the class “Women’s Liberation: Where Do I Fit In?,” study groups, zap actions, Judith Brown Commemorative events and fundraising campaigns. She is one of nine women arrested by Homeland Security for sitting-in at the FDA to demand unrestricted access to the Morning-After Pill and an NWL plaintiff in the recent lawsuit that won over-the-counter access for all women and girls after the last two administrations stalled and tried to sabotage access. She has been a union organizer since 2002 with United Faculty of Florida (AFT/NEA). She can be reached at: email@example.com and (347) 560-4695
Bai Di: grew up in China and came to the US to study in 1989. She is a professor of Asian Studies and Chinese Studies at Drew University in New Jersey. She is an active member in the Chinese Leftist movements in the past 5 years lecturing in the US and China on Chinese Revolution and Women’s Liberation Movements.
Gail Dines: is a radical feminist educator, activist and writer who has been organizing against patriarchy in general, and the sex industry in particular, for well over twenty years. She is a professor of sociology and women’s Studies at Wheelock College in Boston, where she is also chair of the American Studies Department. She is a recipient of the Myers Center Award for the Study of Human Rights in North America, and is a founding member of the activist group, Stop Porn Culture. Her latest book, “Pornland: How Porn Has Hijacked Our Sexuality,” has been translated into 4 languages. As a feminist and as an academic, Dines believes that the classroom should be a space for counter-hegemonic theory and pedagogy where students can create, imagine and work for radical social change.
Peggy Dobbins: co-taught (with Cathy Cade) Sociology of Women at the New Orleans Free University in 1966. In 1967 she cofounded NY Radical Women in NYC and in 1968 WITCH. In 1970 as a member of the Upper West Side Women’s Caucus, Dobbins organized CR groups, a childcare co-op and a sliding scale food co-op. Then convinced that democratic centralism worked dialectically to collectively distill better judgments on What Is To Be Done that I Can Do Now, she became an active disciplined Communist in Alabama for 20 years and 3 more in Oakland working to unite women’s, labor and civil rights. Little of the good I helped accomplish — which always involved blunting, turning, negating a negative, would I have done if I’d been able to prioritize what I thought the Movement most needed and that I could best do.
Dobbins is now revising and updating, as art and performance, a piece for a Japanese feminist group organizing an international show of Artists Against the Occupation, called “Gen: 25: …dwelling in tents.” I gave myself artistic license to interpret ancient pictograms and myths I’ve been drawing on all along. It’s on www.peggydobbins.net/dwellingintents and I’m making a Missal from the art to give What Is To Be Done Attendees. It is good theoretical foundation for the two active practice campaigns I prioritize: 1) reducing the hours of labor time required to earn a genuinely liveonable wage and 2) the Fed shifting from lending at 0 interest to banks who are not employing the “middle”, to lending it to proposers of ways to employ people and guaranteeing everyone 20 hours of work a week at a liveonable wage.
Carol Giardina: began making referrals for then-illegal abortions from her college dormitory in 1963 and in 1968 was fired from her job for participating in the Miss America Pageant Protest as a member of Gainesville Women’s Liberation, the group she cofounded that same year with Judith Brown. Today she is on the leadership committee of Redstockings and active in National Women’s Liberation. She teaches U.S. History and Women’s Studies at Queens College in New York City, is active in her union, and recently published the book Freedom for Women: Forging the Women’s Liberation Movement, 1953-1970.
Bev Grant: singer/songwriter, cultural worker, and veteran feminist was in the first New York consciousness raising group with Shulamith Firestone in 1967. Her website is www.bevgrant.com.
Carol Hanisch: daughter of Iowa farmers, came to Women’s Liberation via the Mississippi Civil Right Movement. A founding member of New York Radical Women, she is best known as the instigator of the 1968 Miss America Protest and author of the paper “The Personal Is Political” (1969). She organized with Gainesville (FL) Women’s Liberation (1969-73) and was managing editor of the Redstockings book, Feminist Revolution (1973-1975). She then founded and edited the grassroots journal Meeting Ground (1977-1991, sporadically). She assisted Sis Cunningham with the production of the topical song publication, Broadside, and with Sis’s own songbooks. Carol also wrote and self-published Fight on Sisters (songbook), Frankly Feminist (collection of her newspaper columns), and Promise and Betrayal: Voices from the Struggle for Women’s Emancipation, 1776-1920 (dramatic reading with music). Over the years, she has been involved in rural worker organizing, anti-war, anti-apartheid, anti-racist, anti-imperialist and environmental work. Some of her writings and speeches can be found on her website: www.carolhanisch.org.
Rachel Ivey: grew up in St. Petersburg Florida, and got my start in organizing while going to school in Orlando Florida. Before becoming involved with Deep Green Resistance, I was mainly active in causes relating to the defense of women’s autonomy, particularly the defense of choice and access to health care. For a couple years, I worked at a large health care/reproductive rights nonprofit as a Community Health Educator, where I taught comprehensive sex education in grades six through twelve. I learned a lot about organizing through this position, though our tactics were liberal in the extreme – symbolic demonstrations, education campaigns, lobbying legislators, and so on. During that time, I was beginning to realize that one-issue activism was not effective, and neither were the mainstream tactics I was employing. Luckily, another current staff member (Sam Krop) moved in with me while she was working to start the DGR chapter in Orlando. I became increasingly involved in that effort, especially once I learned of DGR’s radical feminist stance. In June of this year I left Florida to participate in DGR’s East Coast speaking tour, then the West Coast tour and the Unis’tot’en Action Camp, and then the late-August action in Whiteclay. I’m now settled with a few other DGR members in Cascadia (Crescent City Chapter) where we’ve recently welcomed two goats and a big dog into our family. In addition to my work with DGR, I also work part time as a rape crisis advocate.
Mae Jackson: I am the granddaughter of a Louisiana sharecropper and the daughter of a domestic worker. I am a 67-year-old single mother of a 42-year-old daughter. My political activism was inspired by how I lived as a little chocolate girl growing up in New Orleans and the murder of Emmet Till that occurred during the year I entered the 4th grade. I am a product of “American exceptionalism” –everyone “except us- the “colored folks-the niggers.” Those who were forced to ride the back of the bus, step off the sidewalk when a White person approached. These are some of the painful and cruel forces that shaped my life and forced my mother to leave New Orleans for a sleep-in-job in Brooklyn, New York.
It was the 1964 shooting by a New York Policeman of a 15 year old James Powell in Harlem, followed by a week of rioting throughout NYC that motivated me to join Brooklyn Congress of Racial Equality under the leadership of Mr. Sonny Carson. Later I would join the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee where I spent most of my youth until the age of 25.
I have spent my adult life working with other progressive movements for change and being of service to my community. By organizing one of the first NYC African-American-Woman led projects addressing the needs of Children of Incarcerated Mothers and Their families. Working with the American Friends Service Committee in providing “Meals For People With Aids”, and providing the Ft. Greene-Clinton Hill Community of Brooklyn with it’s first SAT Program, in addition to operating an After School Center for 25 years.
My message to young people is what one of my comrades said to me many years ago. “When you are working for the liberation of the oppressed you are not making a sacrifice, you are making a commitment.”
Pam Jones, aka Revalyn Gold: is an artist, activist. Music, drama, voter registration, civil rights and Pan-Africanism have been the main stays of her political and social education. She is also an ardent student of spiritual practices. These areas guide her teaching, writing, directing, producing, designing and community work. “Women are fluid. We create ways of being that most men cannot see. That’s our gift – often stolen, re-labled then doled out back to us as if we have no capacity to handle it. Yes, we can – govern, educate, count and handle finances, design, be linear, etc., etc. United in vision and action we can further the global liberation of women, thus ending war, slavery and sex trafficking, low wages, limited to no access to education, unjust imprisonment and legislation of our body parts! A ho!
Lupe: As you can see Lupe defies the patriarchal laws that try to own women by making us use daddy or husbands’ names. She has worked both in groups and personally to break down the feminization of poverty. How? Through Theater of the Oppressed, Playback Theater, healing radical yoga/reiki workshops and sharing language skills with women who normally have to struggle in the oppressor’s world without the ability to even understand the rules. She has completed poems, a play, a novel all done at WOW Café collective and is developing a documentary. It explores the transformative thinking/feeling of a profound sister radical: the late Pat…murphy-robinson whose writings (individual and group) are in Guy-Sheftal’s Black Woman’s Anthology etc.. (Search for Pat, at Duke University collections online & see her in the Redstockings Readings blog). Also active in the innovations to take on domination by choosing to no longer submit in the nuc -l iar family she advocates for all kinds of choice. Her worldview and fight for clear consciousness has been shaped by travelling outside of capitalism’s usa borders to Cuba. She lived in Somalia and the Dominican Republic whose women, like us, are dominated by usa robber-barons of electricity, oil, etc. Check out www.antiracistalliance.com for one of her networks that use culture to expand the barriers in the mind that keep us ‘americana’ or separate from our international view of sisterhood. save www.wbai.org CONTRIBUTE TO FEE FREE PUBLIC RADIO for peace & JUSTICE 99.5 FM in NY metro area YAY
Erin Mahoney: started organizing with the National Organization for Women New York City in 2002 as a member of the reproductive rights committee. Organizing with feminists who would later form National Women’s Liberation (NWL), she helped lead the campaign to win over-the-counter access to the Morning-After Pill. With NWL, she has led many consciousness-raising (C-R) sessions, developed organizing literature based on the C-R conclusions, led speak outs, including organizing women to testify from their experience at the FDA hearings on the Morning-After Pill, and handed out the pill when it was illegal to do so. In 2005, she was arrested for blocking access to the FDA building the same way the FDA was blocking women’s access to the Morning-After Pill. She was a plaintiff in the lawsuit against the Bush and Obama Administrations for holding the Morning-After Pill to a different standard than other drugs considered by the FDA. Earlier this year, she came up with the idea to flashmob pharmacies and put the Morning-After Pill on the shelf where it belongs. She has been a union organizer with the Communications Workers of America since 2006 and a shop steward for three years prior to working for the union.
Natalie Maxwell: is an activist with National Women’s Liberation and leads the Women of Color Caucus of the Gainesville Chapter of NWL. She has been involved with organized feminism since 1999, when she became active with the University of Florida/Santa Fe Community College chapter of the National Organization for Women. She currently works as a Public Defender in Ocala, Florida.
Loretta J. Ross: was a co-founder and the National Coordinator of the SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective from 2005-2012. SisterSong is a network founded in 1997 of 80 women of color and allied organizations that organize women of color in the reproductive justice movement. Ms. Ross is an expert on women’s issues, hate groups, racism and intolerance, human rights, and violence against women.
Ms. Ross was National Co-Director of the April 25, 2004 March for Women’s Lives in Washington D.C., the largest protest march in U.S. history with more than one million participants. As part of a 38-year history in social justice activism, between 1996-2004, she was the Founder and Executive Director of the National Center for Human Rights Education (NCHRE) in Atlanta, Georgia. Before that, she was the Program Research Director at the Center for Democratic Renewal/National Anti-Klan Network where she led projects researching hate groups, and working against all forms of bigotry with universities, schools, and community groups. She was one of the first African American women to direct a rape crisis center in the 1970s, launching her career by pioneering work on violence against women.
She is the co-author of Undivided Rights: Women of Color Organize for Reproductive Justice, written with Jael Silliman, Marlene Gerber Fried, and Elena Gutiérrez, and published by South End Press in 2004 (awarded the Myers Outstanding Book Award by the Gustavus Myers Center for the Study of Bigotry and Human Rights), and author of “The Color of Choice” chapter in Incite! Women of Color Against Violence published in 2006. She has also written extensively on the history of African American women and reproductive justice activism.
She is a graduate of Agnes Scott College and holds an honorary Doctorate of Civil Law degree awarded in 2003 from Arcadia University. She is pursuing a PhD in Women’s Studies at Emory University in Atlanta. She is a mother, grandmother and a great-grandmother.
Kathie Sarachild has had a lifetime of commitment to “freedom organizing,” a phrase she learned as a volunteer with SNCC as part of the 1964 Mississippi Freedom Summer. In 1967 she joined New York Radical Women for whose organizing she developed the slogan “sisterhood is powerful” and the program for “consciousness-raising.” She contributed (under the name Kathie Amatniek) to NY Radical Women’s 1968 publication, Notes from the First Year, as well as Notes from the Second Year and was one of 4 women to hang the “Women’s Liberation” banner inside Convention Hall at the 1968 Miss America Protest. A founding member of Redstockings in 1969, she was chosen (by lot!) to lead off the group’s first public action, a disruption of a panel on abortion reform consisting of 15 men and a token woman, a nun, shouting out “Let’s hear from the real experts on abortion–women”. In 1975 she was an editor and contributor to the Redstockings book Feminist Revolution. She’s currently a member of National Women’s Liberation, NOW, the NAACP, her AFL-CIO local, and works as a volunteer and paid advisor, for Redstockings of the Women’s Liberation Movement, www.redstockings.org.
Cleo Silvers: came to New York City in late 1966 assigned to St. Anselms Church and the New York City Housing Authority as a VISTA Volunteer (Volunteers In Service To America). By 1967 Cleo Silvers was a community activist in the South Bronx where she had been assigned as a VISTA Volunteer. She became a Community Mental Health Worker and worked with the workers at Lincoln to execute the first work stoppage/Seizure of the Mental Health Services at Lincoln. The workers with the help of members of the leadership of the Black Panther Party, community members and activist doctors ran the Mental Health Services, designed new programs and changed the quality of care for the better over a one month period.
During that struggle, Cleo was recruited into the Harlem Branch of the Black Panther Party in 1968-69. She worked in the South Bronx Free Breakfast Program, Sickle Cell Anemia information project, sold the Black Panther News, attended Study Group and collaborated with the Young Lords Party on a city wide door-to-door preventative health care screening program. She represented the BPP in HRUM until the split in the BPP. At that time, the BPP leadership, Zayd Shakur, Dr. Curtis Powell, Brother Rashid and others sent her to the Young Lords Party to continue the city‐wide health care and labor organizing she had begun at Lincoln Hospital.
Also in 1970, Cleo was sent to Detroit by a vote of the members of HRUM to organize in the auto plants and to become a member of the industrial proletariat (hospital workers are service workers and not directly connected to the “means of Production”), and to represent as a member of the League of Revolutionary Black Workers and later, the Black Workers Congress.
The focus of her work now is on building unity and understanding of our glorious history; so that we can in preservation of our culture (particularly in Harlem). She is also involved in and expanding the boundaries of the struggle for environmental justice for African-Americans and people of color and fighting gentrification of our neighborhoods.
In June 2010 Cleo became a summa cum laude graduate from Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations and National Labor College Collaborative. She is the Director of Outreach at Mount Sinai I.J. Selikoff Center for Occupational and Environmental Medicine.
Sunsara Taylor: writes for Revolution Newspaper (revcom.us), initiated End Pornography and Patriarchy: The Enslavement and Degradation of Women! (StopPatriarchy.org), and sits on the Advisory Board of World Can’t Wait. She takes as her foundation – and is a bold popularizer of – Bob Avakian’s new synthesis of revolution and communism.
In summer 2013, Taylor led StopPatriarchy’s historic 15-state, month-long Abortion Rights Freedom Ride. Raising the uncompromising slogans “Abortion On Demand and Without Apology!” and “Forced Motherhood Is Female Enslavement,” this Ride mobilized hundreds of people nation-wide, including abortion providers, prominent thinkers and cultural figures – like Eve Ensler, Mark Ruffalo, Susan Brownmiller, Gloria Steinem, and others – to make a crucial advance in seizing back the moral high-ground and the political initiative in this fight which is central to women’s liberation.
StopPatriarchy is also building massive political resistance to the increasingly violent, cruel, degrading, and mainstream nature of pornography. Both forced motherhood and the porn/sex industry reduce women to objects and possessions of men (either breeders of children or sex objects).
For nearly two decades, Taylor has been on the front lines defending abortion rights, fighting the New Jim Crow, leading opposition to U.S. wars, and building the movement for real revolution. She has repeatedly stood her ground against Bill O’Reilly. In spring 2010, Taylor toured campuses nation-wide with her speech, “From the Burkha to the Thong: Everything Must, and Can, Change—WE NEED TOTAL REVOLUTION!” In 2008/9, she toured promoting Bob Avakian’s book, AWAY WITH ALL GODS! Unchaining the Mind and Radically Changing the World (Insight Press, 2008).
Below are other Conference participants who registered or provided biographies. Some participants whose names or bios were in the printed program have requested that they not appear on the blog.
Cindy Amatniek: Biography not available at the time of printing
Lorena Ambrosio: Biography not available at the time of printing
Karen Anton: I am a recent graduate from a CUNY school where i studied many subjects including sociology, political science, and art. I have a strong desire to continue learning and expressing the perspectives of women and all working class people through many forms of art and music. I have learned how to play guitar but i am primarily a writer and poet.
During my time in college, I was involved with a group of student activists who organized and advocated for union of student-based issues (i.e loans and tuition hikes) and an incorporation of how all of these instances of disenfranchisement are directed at working class people from a capitalist imperialist government. I strongly agreed with many of their beliefs, but there were many instances in practice where i felt i was being excluded. For many different reasons, it was eventually too much of a drain mentally and I could no longer be a productive member of the group. I struggled academically as a result of redirecting my energy, but I have no regrets. With time i had come to reflect back on many things and noticed a pattern of male entitlement that rocked the core of the group and led to many women leaving.
I began working with Fran Luck in the beginning of this year, and in talking with her about her experience came a lot of perspective and lessons in history of the feminist movement. Being consumed in issues of the working class as a whole, i lacked historical context from a womans point of view. I find that it will never be enough for a change in the attitudes of male entitlement if it is not a global movement publicly led by women. We can have support from many places but it has to be acknowledged that women will liberate themselves, and even within the large group of women there are specific things we must acknowledge in order to effectively move forward. I have so much to learn and so much more to acknowledge and i feel positive about this opportunity to engage with women who can offer more perspective.
N. Jerin Arifa: is on the National Board of Directors for the National Organization for Women (NOW), as well as the chair of the National Young Feminist Task Force for NOW, and the convener of the first-ever, virtual chapter of NOW, called Young Feminists and Allies. She is also on the board of the Bella Abzug Leadership Institute, which trains mostly underprivileged high school and college-aged women to become leaders. She was one of two students to propose and help create the City University of New York sexual-assault policy for half a million students.
Jerin’s activism began in Bangladesh at the age of seven. Along with her sister and friends, Jerin met in the local park and taught literacy skills to children, despite the strong protests of her neighbors who valued the children’s cheap labor. She carried on with this program until she left for America two years later Jerin is committed to applying intersectionality to her work, and is skilled at working in coalitions to achieve feminist goals. At Hunter College, where she was the president of the Women’s Rights Coalition from 2007 to 2009, she worked with diverse organizations, from Hillel to fraternities, on feminist goals like anti-rape programming. Her passion within feminism is bridging the gaps between different feminists. As a practicing Muslim feminist who is a young, immigrant woman of color, she uses her personal experiences to foster communication and cooperation among different groups of feminists.
Jerin has been given awards for her feminist work from diverse organizations such as the Edna Berger Marks Foundation and the Women’s Democratic Club of NYC. She has been featured in multiple media from National Public Radio and Democracy NOW to The Village Voice and Cosmopolitan Magazine, and has been asked to speak at several conferences such as Men Can Stop Rape and the Feminist Majority.
Monica Cantero: Biography not available at the time of printing
Amy Coenen: 45, first became involved in feminism in 1989, organizing for abortion rights with the University of Florida/Santa Fe Community College chapter of the National Organization for Women. A leader and organizer in Gainesville (Florida) Women’s Liberation and Redstockings of the Women’s Liberation Movement for over 20 years, she was one of a group of radical feminists from both organizations who founded National Women’s Liberation in 2009. She lives in Gainesville, FL where she works as a nurse practitioner and has two children, aged 7 and 12. She can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org and (347) 560-4695.
Andrea Costello: has been a grassroots organizer for women’s liberation and social justice for over 20 years, including in leadership positions in National Women’s Liberation (NWL), National Organization for Women (NOW) Chapters in Gainesville, FL and New York City, and on the National Executive Committee of the National Lawyers Guild. She also works with Redstockings on projects and as a volunteer lawyer. She is a Senior Staff Attorney at the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund in Washington, D.C. and represented grassroots feminist activists with NWL, who are among the lead Plaintiffs in Tummino v. Hamburg, the groundbreaking lawsuit against the Food and Drug Administration to remove all restrictions on over-the-counter access to the Morning-After Pill (“emergency contraception”) for all women and girls in the U.S. Andrea has over 15 years of experience as a civil rights litigator and movement attorney representing grassroots organizations working on issues including reproductive justice, defending the right to dissent and police misconduct. Prior to law school, she worked at the Gainesville Women’s Health Center, the first feminist abortion clinic founded in the South after Roe v. Wade.
Barbara Crow: Biography not available at the time of printing
Lydia Devine: 28, is a steering committee member of the New York chapter of National Women’s Liberation, and has been organizing with the group for seven years. She became involved in feminist organizing in college when she co-founded her school’s reproductive rights student group. She graduated law school in 2011, where served as a board member of Fordham’s Law Students for Reproductive Justice chapter. Lydia also co-writes http://www.bloomergirlsblog.com, a blog discussing the intersection of gender issues and sports.
Alix Dobkin: With 7 music albums and 1 songbook to her credit, ALIX has been a folk singer for 50 years, devoting the past 3 decades to writing and singing about women in general & Lesbians in particular. Her memoir, MY RED BLOOD: A Memoir of Growing Up Communist, Coming Onto the Greenwich Village Folk Scene, and Coming Out in the Feminist Movement details her pre-Lesbian life and was a Lambda LIterary finalist. www.alixdobkin.com
Hester Eisenstein: a native New Yorker, is a professor of sociology at Queens College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York. Her books include Contemporary Feminist Thought (1983); Inside Agitators: Australian Femocrats and the State (1996); and Feminism Seduced: How Global Elites Use Women’s Labor and Ideas to Exploit the World (Paradigm Publishers, 2009).
After getting her Ph.D. in French history from Yale University, she taught at Yale, Barnard College (Columbia University), where she was active in the formation of the Women’s Studies Program and the Scholar and Feminist conference series, and the State University of New York at Buffalo, and served as a “femocrat” in the state government of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. She was the Director of the Women’s Studies Program at Queens from 1996 to 2000, and is vice-chair of the Queens College chapter of the Professional Staff Congress-CUNY, the faculty and staff union for the City University of New York.
Zillah Eisenstein: My earliest writing in CAPITALIST PATRIARCHY AND SOCIALIST FEMINISM was in direct and careful dialogue with Shulamith and radical feminism at that time. My activism and writings for the last decades has evolved with the new demands of the complex lives women lead across the globe. One can find a listing of my books and other activities at http://zillaheisenstein.wordpress.com. I also presently write for Al Jazeera as an anti-racist feminist. My articles are easily found there.
More specifically, I write in order to share and learn with, and from, others engaged in political struggles for social justice. My many books describe the work of building coalitions across women’s differences: the black/white divide in the U.S.; the struggles of Serb and Muslim women in the war in Bosnia; the needs of women health workers in Cuba; the commitments of environmentalists in Ghana; the relationship between socialists and feminists in union organizing; the struggles against extremist fundamentalisms in Egypt and Afghanistan and Iraq and Syria; the needs of women workers and anti-rape activists in India, and the organizing of migrant women workers in Indonesia.
I have been a Professor of Politics at Ithaca College in New York for the past 35 years and am now “Distinguished Scholar in Residence” there. Throughout my life I have tracked the rise of neoliberalism both within the U.S. and across the globe; documented the demise of liberal democracy and scrutinized the growth of imperial and militarist globalization. I have also critically written about the attack on affirmative action in the U.S., the masculinist bias of law, the crisis of breast cancer and AIDS, the racism of patriarchy and the patriarchal structuring of race, the new nationalisms, corporatist multiculturalism, and the newest gendered and classed formations of the planet. I am now involved with ONE BILLION RISING FOR JUSTICE, 2014.
Brooke Eliazar-Macke: 29, is a radical feminist and organizer with National Women’s Liberation (NWL). She currently chairs the New York chapter of NWL and is a member of the National Organization for Women (NOW), Healthcare NOW, and the National Lawyers Guild (NLG). As an NWL organizer she has worked on campaigns for universal healthcare and unrestricted access to the morning-after pill. She is a recent law graduate, and she volunteers at Bronx Legal Services in the Immigration and Family Law Unit.
Nancy S. Erickson: In 1969 I joined NOW, after being hit with sex discrimination in virtually every job (including the Peace Corps) and job application. I attended meetings and conferences of both NOW and other NYC feminist organizations, including the Congress to Unite Women. On August 26, 1970 I was the treasurer of NOW-NYC, and the membership increased enormously after the feminist activities that day. Then I went to law school, where I stayed involved in feminist issues. While studying for the bar exam, I volunteered at the Women’s Law Center. It changed my career path. The calls to the WLC showed that most women needed help in family law, not employment discrimination law as I had thought. After being discriminated against at my first job as an attorney (at a law firm), I became a law professor, teaching Family Law, Women and the Law, and other courses. Despite an excellent letter of recommendation from Professor Ruth Bader Ginsburg (then at Columbia), I was turned down for early tenure at New York Law School on the ground that my scholarship demonstrated a “narrow, feminist point of view.” I then taught at Cornell (teaching Sex Discrimination law), got an LL.M. at Yale, volunteered for the ACLU Women’s Rights Project, and taught at Ohio State University in Columbus, where, as a single mother, I had my first daughter. When she was about 5, I moved back to New York to avoid bringing her up in a sexist and racist environment. I worked part time to be at home more with my daughter and then full time in several jobs, including at the National Center on Women and Family Law in the early 90’s, specializing in custody, child support and domestic violence issues. I became involved with Redstockings Allies and Veterans. Then I worked as a practicing attorney, mostly representing battered women, including 7 years with Legal Services. To help me with that work, I got a Master’s degree in Forensic Psychology in 2005. I am still practicing law as a consultant, especially on custody evaluations in DV cases. I am divorced, with two fabulous daughters, who are both professionals, and a 4 1/2 year old granddaughter.
Marisa Figueiredo: 51, serves on the Leadership Committee of Redstockings and is also a member of NOW, her union at her job, and National Women’s Liberation. She moved to the United States in 1978 from Brazil, and soon after she translated the Redstockings Manifesto and Redstockings Principles into Portuguese. She lives in the Boston area and works as a physician assistant.
Harriet Fraad: Biography not available at the time of printing
Joan P. Gibbs: is a long time activist for peace, and racial; gender and LGBT justice. Joan first became involved in the movement in 1968 as a high school student when she joined the anti-racist and anti-Vietnam war movement. In the late 1970s, tired of hearing complaints by Third World lesbians that their writings were not being published in white feminist control magazines, Joan founded Azalea, the first magazine by and for Third Word lesbians. Joan was also a founding member of the Dykes Against Racism Everywhere (DARE) and the Committee Against Racism (DARE) and the Committee Against Racism, Anti-Semitism, Sexism and Homophobia. (CRASH), two New York City based left oriented groups. Joan is also a writer and an attorney. As a lawyer she has specialized in litigating cases involving discrimination on the basis of race, sex and sexual orientation. She is currently the General Counsel for the Center for Law and Social Justice at Medgar Evers College. Prior to joining the staff of the Center, Joan was a staff attorney at the Center for Constitutional Rights, the ACLU Women’s Rights Project and the American Civil Liberties Union National Office. Joan is the co-chair of the Forum/Marxist School and a member of the National Conference of Black Lawyers.
Mary Lou Greenberg: As an adolescent in a small town in the 50s, I had no idea that females were destined for anything but marriage and motherhood. Not that I liked that idea much, but that was all I saw. But when the 60s hit with challenges to “all that,” I grabbed onto what came my way – and especially the idea that things didn’t have to be like they were, that, as Simone de Beauvoir wrote, “one is not born, but rather becomes, a woman.” Along with the early writings from women’s liberation activists, I was drawn to articles about China’s revolution and how women had been freed almost overnight from foot-binding and being slaves to men. In the midst of the tumultuous upheavals of the 60s, I helped form the Liberation Women’s Union in 1969 to connect women’s liberation with working class women and men as part of the anti-imperialist and revolutionary struggle, and we organized a major International Women’s Day rally on March 8, 1970, in San Francisco, the first mass re-introduction to the U.S. of that great international day of celebration and struggle. I was part of the Revolutionary Union, some of whose members, including me, went on to found the Revolutionary Communist Party in 1975, led by Bob Avakian. My consciousness took a huge leap when I actually visited Maoist China during the Cultural Revolution in 1971 and saw a fundamentally different and vastly better society being created, with women truly holding up half the sky. It was exhilarating, and even though China’s revolution was defeated, it still holds profound lessons for today. More recently in the late 1980s and 90s, I helped develop a strategy for mass clinic defense against anti-abortion protestors and have traveled to the sites of clinic bombings and murderous attacks on doctors to support and defend them. One of my favorite slogans remains: Break the Chains! Unleash the Fury of Women as a Mighty Force for Revolution!
Allison Guttu: is a native New Yorker, radical feminist and Black nationalist. I am a lead organizer with National Women’s Liberation’s New York chapter (NWL-NY) and I co-chair the group’s Women of Color Caucus across chapters. I have been organizing with NWL and its predecessor groups for twelve years. Over the past five years I have been organizing with the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement, a Black organization focused on self-determination for people of African descent in the u.s. I was one of the nine women arrested for participating in a sit-in in front of the FDA in 2005, where the protesters refused to leave until the Morning-After Pill was put over the counter. I am a graduate of Harvard and New York University, practice public interest law in New York City and spend as much time as possible canoeing, kayaking, swimming and otherwise frolicking in any natural body of water I can find.
Nico Harris: I am a lesbian and a single parent and a writer. My background is both American and of a conservative religious and social group, so my life has been shaped by two differing cultures (and subculture’s) means of enforcing patriarchy. One experience I have taken from my life – which was a negative in many ways – is my years of moving within women’s only spaces. I tend to be very quiet and reticent and I am a person who may need more time to marinate ideas and words in my mind. I don’t do well in debates for this reason.
Orla Hegarty: I woke up to radical feminism when I started reading news of Canada legalizing sex work last year. I have a daughter in university incurring student loans and my thinking was this: will young women now be expected to use sex work to avoid student debt? Once I started investigating this issue there was, as they say, no turning back. I am a mathematician and engineer and for years have ‘joked’ that my life would be so much better if I was born a gay man. As a new radical feminist I see how dark those former jokes are since gender made my schooling and career choices often difficult and always ‘surprising’ to onlookers. I currently live in Toronto, Canada but am relocating shortly to Newfoundland.
Adrien Hilton: has been working in the feminist movement on and off since her college days in the early 2000s at the University of Massachusetts. She grew up in a conservative South Dakota town with a liberal mom who urged her to never shave her legs. Through the influence of Redstockings and National Women’s Liberation (and its earlier incarnations), she’s since taken a more “Pro-Woman Line” on shaving her legs. Adrien was drawn to the radical feminist ideas being promoted by Redstockings, particularly consciousness-raising. She has testified publicly at speak outs about male resistance to condom use and the morning after pill. Adrien is currently an archivist at Columbia University, though her first professional library job was working full-time with the Redstockings Archives for Action, preparing their collections for microfilm. This included spending a month in Gainesville, Florida organizing the papers of feminist pioneer Judith Benninger Brown.
Lori Hiris: is an artist and filmmaker. She met Shulamith in 1990 after she produced With A Vengeance: The Fight for Reproductive Freedom and Shulamith became her mentor and close friend.
Kimberly Hunter: Biography not available at the time of printing
Margo Jefferson: I’ve been a critic since I entered journalism in the early 1970s. My commitment was always to bringing a black feminist critique, explicit and implicit, to my writing. I started as a book reviewer; later wrote about theater & performance, then branched out into arts and culture. Wherever I published, (Newsweek, MS., The Village Voice, The Nation, The New York Times), I worked to make sure that women and minority artists who were being overlooked or undervalued got their due. Treated with respect, with complexity, with good prose. And I worked to make sure that white, male, heterosexual art works and artists were seen through this black feminist lens.
Meredith Kite: 28, is a National Women’s Liberation (NWL) staff member and the Vice Chair for the Gainesville, Florida Chapter. She’s been involved with NWL for three years. She has also been working with Redstockings for the past seven months. Meredith is a Girls Rock Camp Gainesville organizer and co-host of the community radio show “Female Trouble,” which features music made by women. Before joining the Women’s Liberation Movement, she earned a master’s degree in Women’s Studies from the University of Florida.
Barbara Leon: My experience with women’s liberation began with a clip on the evening news interviewing Redstockings members who broke up an abortion panel consisting of 14 men and a nun. At the time, 1969, abortion was illegal in New York. Shortly afterward I saw an ad in the Village Voice for a speakout by women talking from experience about their own abortions. There I learned about women’s liberation orientations held on Sundays at a child-care coop near my apartment. I began to regularly attend the meetings, amazed at these women who looked just like myself, but were so powerful. At the time Redstockings was closed to new members, but I joined as soon as it opened up. At first I was scared to speak, but eventually I gained the courage to do so, and helped run orientations for women interested in joining the Redstockings small groups created to deal with the influx of women newly interested in feminism. Over time, Redstockings’ work was brought to a standstill by the same political conflicts that plagued the wlm. I continued to work with a small core of original Redstockings members, including founding co-editor Kathie Sarachild, writing and editing a new periodical, Woman’s World, published from April 1971-July 1972. Later, I was an editor and writer for the Redstockings’ book, Feminist Revolution, self published in 1975. Random House published Feminist Revolution in 1979 but censored the first edition, deleting material on Gloria Steinem’s history with the CIA. I also was consulting editor for the newsletter Meeting Ground, produced irregularly between 1977 and 1991 by Carol Hanisch.
Carla R. Lesh: is an Independent Historian who focuses on the history of Black, Native and White women in the late 19th and early 20th century U.S., automotive history, public history and archives. Carla has benefited from the work done by the women’s history pioneers who worked to bring women’s history into academia and public history. She has shared friendship and political consciousness-raising with Carol Hanisch for the last 25 years. She is a member of National Women’s Liberation.
Rosita Libre de Marulanda: was born in Colombia, South America. She’s an immigrant mother to three daughters and grandmother to seven. Rosita has been active in the Women’s Liberation Movement since the early 70s when she joined the National Organization of Women (before it began to accept men and changed the “of” to “for”). She organized the Marriage and Divorce Committee of the Brooklyn Chapter and became Chapter President 1974-75. Rosita is a writer and a poet and wishes to pursue her lifelong dream of writing big. She’s eyeing a Masters in creative non-fiction writing. She has been writing her memoirs. She has been a bilingual paraprofessional for the Board of Education at the high school level for 17 years. At 68, retiring to study and to write is becoming quite appealing.
Marilyn Lowen: I became aware of the Womens Liberation Movement through Carol Hanisch and Kathie Amatniek in the spring of 1968. I was visiting NYC from Mississippi where I had been living since August of 1965. I knew both of these sisters from the Southern Civil Rights Movement. WLM was an all-consuming experience for me; i participated 24/7 when i returned to NYC to give birth to my son in Fall 1968. I have not been formally active in this organization since around1970; but my entire life has been influenced by my participation – including lifelong friendships with other women activists, as well as carrying the new perspectives we developed on life into my teaching, writing, and community activism.
Ethel Lowen… a message from a 96 year old feminist, as relayed by her daughter Marilyn Lowen:
Yesterday morning my mother and I were visiting on the telephone.
She asked me what was new.
(the night before I’d dropped in on a planning meeting for an upcoming conference.)
Me: The Womens Liberation Movement is getting going again.
Mom: What’s to be done?
Me: Mom! You’re amazing. That’s the exact theme and name of the Conference coming up!!!
Me: What advice could you give us?
Mom. NEVER GIVE UP!
Mom: Woman’s Identity is to SET THINGS STRAIGHT.
Me: Thanks Ma. I’ll pass this on.
Fran Luck: b 1942. Lifelong feminist. Attended Cooper Union Art School (1960’s) and had not one woman teacher. Influenced by Radical Feminism in 1970’s. NOW member in 70’s. Between 1988 and 2000: one of few women leaders in the male-dominated “Tompkins Sq. Park Protest Movement” a Lower East Side based radical housing movement fighting for squatters, homeless people and against gentrification–often through direct action. Organized marches, occupation of buildings and other civil disobedience actions–arrested 14 times. Invaluable education in fighting the system. 1989, member of Redstockings Allies and Veterans. Member of WHAM! (Women’s Health Action and Mobilization) 1989-93. With WHAM!, occupied the NYC Federal Health and Human Services office to protest the gag rule, blocked traffic on the Brooklyn Bridge to protest the Webster Decision and was arrested for blocking the entrance to the Holland Tunnel to protest the Casey Decision (1992). Founded pirate radio program: Out of the Shadows: Radical Feminist Radio with Pirate Jenny (1995-’99). Co-founded The Street Harassment Project (2000-2006), a precursor to today’s anti-street harassment movement. 2002 founded Joy of Resistance: Multicultural Feminist Radio @ WBAI, with a mission of “covering the ongoing worldwide struggle of women for full equality” (I continue to produce this program, which airs on 1st & 3rd Wednesdays @ 9-10 PM). Currently an activist-member of New York/National Women’s Liberation.
Adrielle Munger: 22, is a recent graduate of Arizona State University with a BA in English Literature. Her research interests include: social performance and narratives of truth in emerging media technologies; theatre, pornography, and language; gendered performances and relationship scripts; and post-humanism and object-oriented ontology. While at ASU, she worked with Dr. Breanne Fahs as a founding member of FROGS (Feminist Research On Gender and Sexuality). She is currently collaborating on a project that examines “friends with benefits” relationships in women’s sexual lives, and recently finished her undergraduate honors thesis that examined the Faust myth and the internet. A recent transplant to Brooklyn, NY, she currently works as a research assistant for the Redstockings Archives for Action in NYC, under the direction of Kathie Sarachild. Adrielle plans to pursue graduate study. Together with other feminist students, she founded the C(i)A, an activist group dedicated to de-pathologizing the vagina–see projectcia.wordpress.com for more details.
Marlene Nadle: Biography not available at the time of printing
Maureen Nappi: recently finished an article on Shulamith Firestone + Cybernetics, inserting her within the field of Arts, Gender + Technology as “the First CyberFeminist” (publication forthcoming). In 2011, Nappi spoke at the United Nations’ 55th Commission on the Status of Women and presented her paper “Women + Media: From Objects to Subjective Agents +Collective Activists” on a panel entitled Engendering Technologies. As a member of VFA (Veteran Feminists of America), on September 21st she was, amongst all of VFA’s members, awarded a “Keeper of the Flame Award” by the National Women’s Hall of Fame in Seneca Falls, NY. Included in Barbara Love book Feminists Who Changed America 1963-1975, Nappi early feminist work started in 1970 as a member of Philadelphia Women’s Liberation and as an artist and writer for the feminist newspaper Through the Looking Glass. After moving to New Haven, CT in 1971, she became a member of New Haven Women’s Liberation and a full-time coordinator of the Women’s Center at Yale University (1972-1973). In addition, she started an all-women’s house painting company, She Who Paints, in 1972. In 1974, she moved to NYC to continue her studies at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, during which time she directed such film classics as What Is an Early Abortion? (written by Rika Alber); Women’s Basketball – 1975 and The Clit Tapes.
A theorist as well as an artist, Nappi’s work is particularly concerned with humanistic issues including spiritualism, feminism and civil rights, as well as the relationship between humanity and technology. Her work has been exhibited and awarded internationally, including at the Museum of Modern Art, The New York Digital Salon, Art Futura (Barcelona), and the Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art. She holds three degrees from New York University: a B.F.A. in Film and Television (1976); a M.A. in Cinema Studies (1978); and a Ph.D. in the Critical Studies Area/ARTE in Art and Arts Profession (2002). Dr. Nappi currently teaches Media Theory and Practice in the Media Arts Department at Long Island University, Brooklyn campus and continues her feminist-inflected artwork and writing.
Jill Peterson: Biography not available at the time of printing
Colette Price: Worked with Redstockings for many years all throughout the writing, editing and distribution of Feminist Revolution. Worked as a Midwife in a large Bronx Hospital for the last 25 years. Member of PNHP (Physicians for a National Health Plan). Worked in health care in Latin America with Do Care, Inc. and Saving Mothers. Mother of one son, and grandmother of two grandsons.
Linda Rigas: began reading radical feminist theory when she was 14 years old and was incredibly influenced and inspired by New York Radical Women and their unapologetic stance in fighting against the commodification of women’s bodies and advocating for women’s bodily integrity and autonomy. She began doing abortion clinic defense when she was in high school in the late nineties, was a radical activist in college fighting against parental notification laws and the hyper sexualization of young girls. She seeks to be a revolutionary lawyer practicing constitutional defense and sexual violence law. She currently works with Stop Patriarchy.
Riley Ruiz: My name is Riley, and I am a revolutionary; fighting the power, and transforming people, for revolution, and nothing less. I came to understand that it is actually going to take a revolution (and by this I mean a real revolution, which dismantles the existing system of capitalism and brings into being a new system, put into place to serve the interests of the great majority of people, that system being socialism, as a transitional society, with communism as the final goal) after being introduced to Revolution Newspaper, and in particular, meeting Sunsara Taylor, who upon our first introduction, challenged me on the idea of ‘agency’ taught by many feminist scholars, and urged me to dig deeper into the origins of women’s oppression, and to get into the works of the chairman of the Revolutionary Communist Party, Bob Avakian. I became immediately involved in direct action against all forms of oppression and outrages (abortion rights, violence against women, police brutality, anti-war, gay rights) which this system creates and perpetuates, got deeper into the understanding brought forward by B.A., and continue to do so. This summer I was a proud member of the Abortion Rights Freedom Ride, led by the organization Stop Patriarchy, which traveled across the country for abortion on demand and without apology; for every woman in every state, in response to the onslaught of restrictions on abortion rights in this country. I will continue to fight the power and transform people for revolution until we make a real revolution, because this world cries out for fundamental change and when you understand that the world just does not have the be this way, you have a responsibility to spread this. I am fighting to win.
Marcia Salo: Biography not available at the time of printing
Kathy Scarbrough: suffers from the persistent feeling that she was born about a decade too late. As a young teen growing up in Syracuse, NY in the late 60s, the WLM seemed to be everywhere and nowhere and I was looking for it desperately. Upon entering college in the 70s I became active in the campus feminist group and was finally able to read some of the primary literature from the movement. I became a leader in my campus feminist group and that is how I met Carol Hanisch and Kathie Sarachild. Active in a local women’s liberation group in the late 70s and early 80s, I became a member of Redstockings for a few years in the early 80s. In addition to feminist work, I joined groups opposing the wars in Latin America and went to Cuba in 1986 with the Venceremos Brigade. I was an associate editor of Carol Hanisch’s journal Meeting Ground in the early 90s and helped put together her web site in 2009 for which I continue to function as webmistress. I participated in Occupy Wall Street both locally and in attending NY events and helped organize the National Women’s Liberation critical presence in NY’s Slutwalk in 2012. I am the mother of two, both children are now in college.
Ann M. Schneider: is an attorney practicing equitable distribution and family law in NYC since 1990. I am also a writer and activist. I serve on the boards of The National Lawyers Guild and The Indypendent. When I decided to marry my long-time honey Kurt in 2000, I sent a donation to Redstockings as a gesture.
Madeleine Schwartz: is a writer living in New York. She discovered the radical feminist movement as a senior in college and has since been writing about feminism–both its history and its present–for a variety of publications.
Stephanie Seguin: has been a feminist organizer since 1997. She was one of the nine women arrested for blocking the entrance to the FDA in the fight to get the Morning-After Pill over-the-counter. She is one of the founders of National Women’s Liberation and is currently a member of the group’s National Leadership Committee. Stephanie currently lives in Gainesville where she writes, mothers, and conspires to overthrow male supremacy.
Lynne Shapiro: I came to NYC and the women’s movement too late for Redstockings–although for a while I was friendly with the late Ellen Willis — joining up with the August 26, 1970 Women’s Strike for Equality as a leafletter and front line march marshal and then going on to work in New York Radical Feminists from 1971 to 1977 then archiving NYRF documents at Duke’s Sally Bingham Women’s Studies Center recently.I went to England right after you posted the conference announcement and hoped to come back to find a FB poster with more information about the place and fee and still hope I would be able to fit in.
Maya Shlayen: Biography not available at the time of printing
Alix Kates Shulman: Before the women’s liberation movement, I was a resentful housewife/mother, who had had to leave my encyclopedia editor’s job in 1960 when I got pregnant with my first child–no maternity leave, no childcare, no nothing. I became a civil rights activist with the 7-Arts Chapter of CORE (which I named) and a draft counselor and protester during the Vietnam War. But it wasn’t until I began attending meetings of NY Radical Women (NYRW) in late 1967 that I saw that my life could change. While marching on the boardwalk at the 1968 Miss America Pageant Protest (which I helped plan), I got the idea for my first feminist novel, Memoirs of an Ex-Prom Queen; and a scene of the Miss America protest occurs in my second novel, Burning Questions (1978), a historical novel about the rise of women’s liberation. A few months after Miss America, I joined Redstockings, co-founded by Shulamith Firestone. Feeling bereft when Redstockings eventually stopped meeting, I joined NY Radical Feminists (NYRF)—also co-founded by Shulie. From 1975 to 1985, I was in an intense weekly CR group in NYC with Shulie’s co-founders Ellen Willis (Redstockings) and Ann Snitow (NYRF). I continued to work closely with them from the 1970s on in such radical feminist activist groups as CARASA, No More Nice Girls (of which I founded a Hawaii chapter in 1992), WAC, and Take Back the Future. In 2012, I joined the women’s caucus of Occupy Wall Street, with whom I helped organize 4 Feminist General Assemblies in NYC. Writing has also been a crucial part of my feminist life. I have written 14 books since 1970, including five feminist novels, three memoirs, several children’s books, a biography of the anarchist-feminist Emma Goldman, and a collection of Goldman’s writings (Red Emma Speaks). My own collected essays were published in 2012 as A Marriage Agreement and Other Essays: Four Decades of Feminist Writing. I’m glad to say that all my books for adults are now also available as e-books. http://www.AlixKShulman.com
Winnie Small: Biography not available at the time of printing
Ann Snitow: has been a feminist activist since l969 when she was a founding member of New York Radical Feminists. Her Ph.D. from the University of London is in Literature and her first book, Ford Madox Ford and the Voice of Uncertainty, is about the early modern novel in England. With Christine Stansell and Sharon Thompson, she edited Powers of Desire: The Politics of Sexuality, which has been a central text in debates about the historicity of sexual experience. She has written germinal articles, among them “Mass Market Romance: Pornography for Women is Different,” “A Gender Diary: Basic Divisions in Feminism,” and “Feminism and Motherhood.” With Rachel Blau DuPlessis, she has collected 37 memoirs written by activists from the early days of second wave feminism, The Feminist Memoir Project: Voices From Women’s Liberation (Crown, 1998, reissued by Rutgers UP, 2007). A founder of the Feminist Anti-Censorship Task Force, of the action group No More Nice Girls and of the Network of East-West Women (NEWW) now located in Gdansk, Poland, her most recent writing and political work is about the changing situation of women in Eastern Europe. She is a professor of literature and gender studies at The New School. Initiator of the Gender Studies Minor, she has been the Director of Gender Studies there since 2007.
Linda Stein: feminist artist-activist, lecturer, performer, video artist– currently has a six-year solo exhibition, The Fluidity of Gender: Sculpture by Linda Stein, traveling the country from 2010 through 2016, accompanied by her feminist lecture: The Chance to be Brave, The Courage to Dare. Her web site is:www.LindaStein.com and her archives are at Smith College. Stein is Founding President of the non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation, Have Art: Will Travel! Inc., Vice-President of New York Women’s Caucus for Art, and Art Editor of On the Issues Magazine. Stein is represented by Flomenhaft Gallery in Chelsea, Manhattan.
Jen Sunderland: is a current Redstockings activist who first became interested in radical feminism in the mid 1990’s. As a co-founder of the Alachua County Childcare Teachers Association she participated in the Gainesville Women’s Liberation Class “Women’s Liberation: Where Do I Fit In?” where she was introduced to writings and theory from radical feminists and early women’s liberationists from the 1960’s. Soon after a move back to New York in 2000 she began volunteering with Redstockings Allies and Veterans. Her involvement led to her co-leading the Social Wage Committee of Redstockings Allies and Veterans. This group was formed to publicly organize around changing the landscape of feminist strategy in the United States, as proposed by Redstockings in the organizing packet titled “Women’s Liberation & National Health Care: Confronting the Myth of America.” Jennifer was also an active organizer and Membership Chair during the launch of National Women’s Liberation in 2009, 40 years after Redstockings’ 1969 founding. Over all of these years as a committed feminist she also started and co-led an indy band, created Play Lab, a successful artistically-driven preschool in Williamsburg, Brooklyn and became a mother to an engaging and delightful boy of 7. Her desire to live a life fully realized is what fuels her activism to this day.
Emmy Tiderington: is an activist, social worker, and researcher working towards social and economic justice for all. Recently, her work has focused on involvement in direct actions and as a working group member with Occupy Wall Street to draw attention to economic inequality, relief efforts providing disaster mental health services as a volunteer member of the NYC Medical Reserve Corps and Occupy Sandy relief efforts, and participation in National Women’s Liberation direct actions aimed at increasing access to birth control and affordable health care for all. Her activism is informed by over a decade of experience as a service provider and a clinical supervisor in housing and mental health services for formerly homeless individuals with serious mental illness. Currently, she is a doctoral candidate at the New York University Silver School of Social Work and works as a Research Scientist on a National Institute of Health grant on recovery from homelessness, mental illness and substance abuse.
Lori Tinney: is a National Women’s Liberation organizer and a plaintiff in the successful Tummino et al. v. Hamburg lawsuit against the FDA that won over-the-counter morning-after pill access for women and girls of all ages in the U.S. She got involved in organized feminism in 1996 through the Campus National Organization for Women at the University of Florida. She was part of the group of radical feminists who founded National Women’s Liberation in 2009. She lives in Gainesville, FL and is raising her 3 year old daughter.
Annie Tummino: is a National Women’s Liberation organizer and lead plaintiff in the successful Tummino et al v. Hamburg lawsuit against the FDA that won over-the-counter morning-after pill access for women and girls of all ages in the U.S. She worked as an Archives Assistant for the Redstockings Archives for Action in 2008-2009 and served as Office Manager for the National Organization for Women-NYC Chapter during the summers of 1999-2001. While an undergraduate at the University of Massachusetts Amherst she was involved in the global justice and anti-war movements.
Kendra Vincent: 33, was recruited to National Women’s Liberation through the Morning-After Pill Campaign. She has identified as a feminist since she was fifteen when she was a co-founder of the first girls’ soccer team at her high school. After graduating from West Virginia University, she worked as an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer at High Rocks for Girls in rural WV. She earned her MA in Women’s Studies at the University of Florida but then decided to be a high school English teacher. She currently serves as the faculty sponsor of the high school Gay-Straight Alliance and as adviser to the Free Thinking Student Union, on the executive board of the Alachua County Education Association (the local teachers’ union) and as chair of the Gainesville chapter of National Women’s Liberation.
Lise Vogel: Growing up in a progressive NYC family, I learned early that women lack opportunities they deserve, that male chauvinism is wrong and must be challenged, and that I should think of myself as capable and independent. While a graduate student in art history at Harvard University in the early 1960s, I was stirred by the civil rights movement and spent time in 1964 and 1965 with the SNCC initiative that sent Northern volunteers into Southern black communities to live and work with local activists. In the late 1960s, along with other women veterans of the civil rights movement, I moved into the socialist-feminist wing of the womens movement and joined Bread & Roses in Boston. I published some of the first articles on feminist art history and women’s history, and taught pioneering courses on feminist art and women’s history. But as a radical with a feminist bent I found myself virtually alone in the elite field of art history. Turning to sociology, I relaunched my academic career. I am the author of Marxism and the Oppression of Women: Toward a Unitary Theory (1983; reissued in 2013), Mothers on the Job: Maternity Policy in the U.S. Workplace (1993); Woman Questions: Essays for Materialist Feminism (1995); and numerous articles. I retired from Rider University in 2003 and am currently writing a memoir. I live in New York City.
Nona Willis-Aronowitz: is a writer, editor, fellow at the Roosevelt Institute, and co-author of Girldrive: Criss-crossing America, Redefining Feminism. She’s also the editor of Out of the Vinyl Deeps, an anthology of her mother Ellen Willis’s rock criticism.