What leading feminists want to accomplish this year

In 2014, modern feminism faced more scrutiny than ever before. But women writers and activists could not be silenced. In discussions about campus sexual assault, street and online harassment and race, women dominated the streets and the Twittersphere.

From the creators of #BlackLivesMatter to a MacArthur genius fighting for women’s labor rights, we asked 16 of the year’s most influential voices for what they hope to accomplish in 2015.

Janet Mock, 31 | ‘Redefining Realness’ author and MSNBC’s ‘So Popular’ host | @JanetMock
My hope is that feminist, racial justice, reproductive rights and LGBT movements build a coalition that centers on the lives of women who lead intersectional lives and too often fall in between the cracks of these narrow mission statements.

Lux Alptraum, 32 | BinderCon co-founder | @luxalptraum
I’d love to see publications make a greater effort to include the voices of women, gender non-conforming people, and people of color – and put programs and policies in place that will help to level the playing field.

Leigh Stein, 30 | BinderCon co-founder | @rhymeswithbee
I would like to see less digital dualism, which perpetuates the fallacy that online harassment isn’t “real” harassment when in fact so many women writers face threats just for doing their job -writing- on the Internet…

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  • ontario john

    Western feminists are self absorbed racists who only care about killing babies(preferably black ones), and gay rights. Forget about women of colour in Africa etc. that are murdered and enslaved by islam.

    • jayme

      A feminist told me once they don’t speak up about Africa etc because that’s there culture.

      • Frau Katze

        And some feminists “of color” think that’s way it should be. They call it Imperial Feminism if others intrude on their turf.

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    When enough crazy people repeat the same crazy things, over and over, those ideas are still no-less crazy.

    For those here old enough to know, just imagine taking this list of buzzwords to any mental health professional 30-years ago.

    You would likely be confined for a 72-hour psych “hold”.

    Even the Soviet Communists (Khrushchev & Brezhnev eras) didn’t talk this way. They had other nutty shibboleths, but nothing like this, nothing on this order.

    • Frau Katze

      We’re going the tubes. Ripe for takeover.

  • jayme

    Lux
    There is not a level playing field now thanks to certain programs that give a huge leg up for non whites.

  • Pete_Brewster

    Most influential voices? On what planet? I’ve never heard of any of these harpies.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    Atrocities against women in the Muslim world, including immigrants who commit honor killings, are the elephant in the feminist room. Those who chatter about solidarity can’t wait for the next lavish conference where they can cry about their inequality into their champagne glasses.

  • Frances

    My hope – I’d love to see – I would like to see these soi-disant women (wymen?) take on REAL responsibilities and jobs out here in the real world. Like staggering out to take care of a sick grandchild while sick yourself because – oh horror – the parents have work obligations. Like running a small business and being responsible for payroll. Like being the “daughter/niece/cousin on call” for aging relatives. Onerous as these jobs can be, there is also great satisfaction because one is making a real difference to one’s community and world.

  • JoKeR

    “What leading feminists want”?
    http://wanderwoman17.files.wordpress.com/2010/08/this-one.jpg
    The rest I will leave up to your imagination.

  • Minicapt

    “But women writers and activists could not be silenced.”
    I’ve seen it expressed in a more robust manner.

    Cheers