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Jennifer Baumgardner

Jennifer Baumgardner

Thursday, March 28, 2019
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Jennifer Baumgardner is a writer, activist, filmmaker, editor and lecturer. She is the co-founder of Soapbox, Inc., a speakers’ bureau, the co-creator of Feminist Camp, the editor in chief of the Women's Review of Books and the publisher of Dottir, an independent feminist press. From 2008-2012, she was Writer-in-Residence at The New School, where she taught non-fiction workshops. From 2013-2017, she was the Executive Director/Publisher at The Feminist Press at CUNY, the longest running women's publisher in the world.

Baumgardner is the author/co-author of six books, including Look Both Ways: Bisexual Politics (FSG, 2007, a Lambda finalist), Abortion & Life (Akashic, 2008), and the essay collection F ’em! Goo Goo, Gaga, and Some Thoughts on Balls (Seal, 2011), as well as two best-selling books about feminism written with Amy Richards—Manifesta: Young Women, Feminism, and the Future (FSG, 2000) and Grassroots: A Field Guide for Feminist Activism (FSG, 2005). She is the co-editor, with Madeleine Kunin, of We Do!: American Leaders Who Believe in Marriage Equality. As a filmmaker, she produced the award-winning documentary, I Had an Abortion (2005), and produced and directed the testimonial based documentary, It Was Rape (2013).

Among other honors, Baumgardner was named a Jezebel 25, a Feminist Press 40 Under 40, and a recipient of the Stand Up for Reproductive Justice Award from the Feminist Women's Health Center of Atlanta. The Commonwealth Club of California honored her in their centennial year as a “Visionary for the 21st Century,” commenting that “in her role as author and activist, [Jennifer has] permanently changed the way people think about feminism… and will shape the next 100 years of politics and culture.”

After completing her degree from Lawrence University, Jennifer Baumgardner spent five years as an editor at the feminist magazine, Ms. (1993-1997), and then became a writer for many venues including Harper’s, The Nation, NPR’s “All Things Considered,” Real Simple, Glamour, Redbook, Babble, Harper’s Bazaar, Teen Vogue, Marie Claire and Elle.

As a speaker, Baumgardner has keynoted at more than 300 universities, organizations and conferences, including the National Coalition of Abortion Providers, Amherst College and Take Back The Night UW-Madison, to name a few.

Originally from Fargo, North Dakota, Jennifer lives in New York City with her husband, two sons and two Abyssinian cats.

Sponsored by the College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences, the Interdisciplinary Studies Program, the Department of Communication, the Society of Professional Journalists, the Department of Anthropology, Sociology and Social Work and the Honors Program


Published on March 28, 2019

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