Feminism | Posted by Colleen Giles on 11/27/2013

Where Do We Go From Here? The ERA in the 21st Century

Last weekend I attended a conference at Roger Williams University titled “The ERA in the 21st Century.” The conference brought together accomplished scholars, national activists, and twenty-something feminists like myself that are still learning to navigate their own paths to equal rights.  The conference aimed to open a dialogue about the place of the Equal Rights Amendment in American culture and politics.  The ERA galvanized the Second Wave feminist movement, though it failed ratification in enough states to become an amendment in 1982.  The ERA has also been a part of Third Wave feminism, with Jennifer Baumgardner and Amy Richards naming it as an essential component of a feminist future in Manifesta: Young Women, Feminism, and the Future (2000). However, most people of my generation do not know anything about …

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Feminism | Posted by Krystie Y on 05/5/2010

Manifesta, 10 Years Later

I was 10-years-old when Jennifer Baumgardner and Amy Richards wrote ManifestA: Young Women, Feminism, and the Future, I was 17-years-old when I heard them speak about their feminist trademark at Barnard College’s Young Women’s Leadership Institute, and I was 20-years-old when I finally got around to reading the damn thing.

I’m self-proclaimed feminist, women’s studies major and all, therefore sinking my teeth into this piece of literature wasn’t exactly a turning point in my ideology, rather, it was way overdue. It didn’t help me realize for the first time that feminism rocks, and it wasn’t my initial awakening to all things feminist. It did, however, make me excited about the future of feminism and all of the potential it has in a brand new decade.

Reading ManifestA for the …

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