Jesse Wrench Auditorium (S107), Memorial Union
The MU Department of Women's and Gender Studies welcomes Feminista Jones for Women's History Month.
She will be speaking in Jesse Wrench Auditorium on March 7th, 2019 at 4:30pm.
Intersectionality Expert, Author & Award-Winning Blogger
Michelle B. Taylor (“Feminista Jones”) is the Director of Community Partnerships and Strategy for North10, Philadelphia, an organization invested in neighborhood revitalization and improving the outcomes of the lives of people residing in North Philadelphia. She is social worker, author, public speaker, and community activist currently residing in Philadelphia, PA. She is an award-winning blogger and author of two books, Push The Button and The Secret of Sugar Water. Her work centers Black American culture, critical race theory, intersectional feminism, anti-poverty advocacy, and mental and sexual health. Her writing has been featured in several publications, notably as a contributor and to the New York Times, The Washington Post, TIME, Essence, and EBONY, where she ran a weekly column for two years.
Named one of the 100 Most Influential People in Philadelphia in 2017, Feminista is a highly sought-after speaker, community organizer, lecturer, and consultant whose work has been highlighted in various outlets such as Cosmopolitan, The Guardian, Ms. Magazine, Elle, Fast Company, and The Atlantic. As a go-to feminist thought leader, she was named among 25 Inspiring Women on Twitter and her viral campaigns have been covered by Buzzfeed, Yahoo!, and more. She has also been featured on HuffPost Live, C-SPAN, BBC, and MSNBC. In 2013, Feminista was selected as a United Nations Foundation Fellow for her dynamic social media influence. In 2014, she launched a global anti-street harassment campaign (#YouOKSis) and the National Moment of Silence protesting police brutality (#NMOS14), both of which have received international media attention and global support. For this work, she was awarded the 2014 Black Weblog Award for Outstanding Online Activism and she was honored as one of the Top 100 Black Social Influencers by The Root.
Feminista has presented and lectured at various conferences and universities including Princeton, Dartmouth, Cornell, Columbia, UC Berkeley, and The University of Pennsylvania. In 2015, she co-founded and served as General Director of the Women’s Freedom Conference, the first all-digital conference completely organized by and featuring only Women of Color. For her work, she was named one of SheKnows’ 2015 “Voices of the Year.”
Feminista is currently working on her first non-fiction book, to be published by Beacon Press in 2019. Feminista is also a mother, a mentor to young girls and women, and an outspoken advocate for the homeless, people living in poverty, and those living with psychiatric disabilities.