Feminist Movers Makers And Shakers
At Fabulously Feminist I want to celebrate the work of Feminist Movers Makers & Shakers. If you create, organize, celebrate within feminist spheres, tell me and the Fab Feminist community about the work you're doing. This is an opportunity to promote your work and connect with other like-minded feminists around the country and the world.
Do I count as a Mover, Maker & Shaker?
- Do you identify as an intersectional feminist?
- Do you engage with your feminism in some form of creative outlet?
- AND/OR do you run, work or volunteer for a business, non-profit or other organization/group, which engages with intersectional feminism?
How to participate:
Select 10 questions from list assembled by myself and members of the Fab Feminist community, which most resonate with you. Answer these questions in a Google Doc, and share that document with me via email: calliegarp @ gmail .com
Attach at least one photograph of yourself or an avatar you'd like to represent you in the feature. I also very much appreciate any images of your workspace, process and or community when applicable. Please include a list of links to your web and social media presence in your email, unless already included in your Google Doc. I may select images to embed in the feature (with full credit) from your social media accounts.
Pick 10 questions from the list below:
- How would you describe your outreach work & what do you hope to accomplish?
- Why is this work important?
- Can you talk about the evolution of your work?
- What do you hope people gain from experiencing your outreach?
- What is your background in feminism and/or social justice?
- What is your philosophy for doing activism?
- Is collaboration something you incorporate into your practice? Why or why not?
- How do you enlist your community in shaping the goals and methods of your outreach?
- What inspired you to embark on this path?
- Who is your favorite feminist mover, maker and/or shaker?
- How do you make your work/outreach/project more inclusive and intersectional?
- What is day-to-day life like in your workspace?
- What are 5 ways our readers can support the work you’re doing?
- What feminist book are you reading right now & what do you think about it? Is there a particular quote or passage you found especially meaningful?
- Why do you choose this project as your main method of engaging with feminism?
- How do you balance your mission of social justice with earning a living?
- How has feminism impacted your life personally?
- What was the best advice you were given as a mover, maker and/or shaker?
- How do you enlist your community in shaping the goals and methods of your project?
- How do you define community, and what communities do you work to engage with?
Past Feminist Movers Makers & Shakers:
"I’ve recently launched a non-profit called The Louder Coalition. It’s an alliance of sexual violence survivors, creatives, and activists focused on education + empowerment! One of our primary goals is to give survivors a platform to share their stories through any creative medium they’d like, in order to provide a healing, freeing experience for them and foster an environment where survivors feel comfortable rather than ashamed."
"In 2011 I founded the Repeal Hyde Art Project to use art as a tool to create dialogue and awareness about abortion access and interconnected issues. It stemmed from a desire to want to talk more about the Hyde Amendment (which prohibits people from being able to use Medicaid to pay for abortions) and abortion in a way that honored people’s experiences and that invited participation and conversation."
"Until I was able to find the courage to make artwork about my abuse, I was constantly suffering from the weight of blaming myself. I find art therapeutic. It is a way for me to work through the residual anxiety that my abuse left me with. I also am on a mission to help others in similar positions."
"Dames Not Damsels is a nerd feminist podcast that explores nerd culture from a woman’s perspective. Our goal is to bring attention to the female experience in a male dominated culture and relate it back to the world as a whole. By sharing our stories and those of women around us we magnify issues that exist in what should be a joyful experience (nerding out) for all."
"Feminist Night School (FNS) is a community organization started by a group of people in the Chicago area who wanted to stay informed on important issues and educate themselves on a wide array of topics ranging from the history and practice of affordable housing, education, healthcare, trans rights, and more. FNS believes in intersectional feminism and equality for all people."
"Illustrated Women in History started as a blog where I would feature a woman in history every day. I managed to keep that up for around 10 months and then transitioned into posting a woman in history once a week. I had always envisioned turning this into a zine and in April 2015 I released my first zine in time for a solo exhibition in Bristol, UK. I was shocked at how people responded to the zines, and had to keep re-printing them to meet demand! Since then I’ve gone on to create a one off zine in collaboration with feminist club night & zinesters Fan Club Notts and two zines that feature submissions from a range of artists."
"My work involves suicide prevention, education and awareness reducing the stigma around mental illness hoping to transform it into a positive mental wellness outlook. We focus on a “youbeyou” campaign that was developed to promote positive and encouraging images, feelings and outlook."
"In Solidarity, We Resist’s mission is to empower Queer and Trans survivors of sexual violence through community building, education and art. We create workshops, organize community events, and use art to foster healing for Queer and Trans survivors of sexual assault."
"I've always been intrigued by the power of connection between people. I think the distress of disconnection is what causes most of the ills of the world. My art and my work are an attempt to speak to this. I hope that people see my work and it embodies a experience they've had and can identify with and they feel less alone. For others, I hope they see my work and it opens their eyes to other’s experiences they hadn’t previously thought about and it plant seeds of change."
"I would describe my work as a doula and birth professional as a radical form of essential activism, with the intention of revolutionizing birth culture and encouraging childbearing people to demand the proper agency and respect through pregnancy, labor, and breastfeeding."
"Pare and Flourish focuses on empowering young femme professionals through monthly networking events that inspire productive, meaningful conversations about topics such as confidence, goal setting, and being a millennial woman."
"We aimed for “one million” artists and creatives because we wanted to disrupt the narratives that perpetuate the belief that womxn don’t make good artists. Most importantly, we disrupt the belief that all womxn have the same story just because of our gender assigned at birth. Our work aims to honor the intersections of identities, the multiple perspectives and trajectories of womxn because we are limitless."
"My podcast Wild Cozy Truth is a platform to amplify women’s stories. Each episode, I include a bit of my own story through the form of a personal essay, and then I interview women from all walks of life - authors and pole dancers, cancer survivors and widows, friends, artists, accountants, witches, strangers - as long as you identify as woman or femme full-time or part-time, your voice and story are welcome on this platform."
"My goal is to create actual community where queer and trans people in recovery can meet each other, make connections and, have events/spaces free from drugs and alcohol to meet in real life. I want to create space for young queer and trans people to be able to enter the community without feeling like their only option is the club/party scene. I want to help the cis het white women (and men) who run recovery/sobriety spaces be more explicitly inclusive of queer and trans people."
"Spectrum South is an online magazine giving visibility and media representation to queer identity and culture in the South. "Many think queer people leave the South as soon as they can, but we know better. We are here, thriving in business, the arts, philanthropy, community organizing, and so much more, and Spectrum South intends to shed light on the many personalities that make up and drive our family forward."
"I am a feminist bookseller, a fundraiser for a feminist nonprofit, I fund abortions, and I am an assistant to an extraordinary black woman whose mission it is to change the narrative around black women artists. It is my goal to support and center marginalized artists in whatever discipline they are in whether that be writers, poets, painters, photographers, or printmakers. It is also my goal to keep abortion legal and little to no barriers to access."
"Shred Your Fears is a skateboarding workshop for womxn to help them feel strong and comfortable in their bodies. I want to give womxn a safe and comfortable space to explore fear and challenge themselves through skateboarding."
"My work with the Free Black Women's Library of Detroit is to center black women and femme writers and authors. We provide education, representation and liberation through community trading pop-up libraries and workshops in black feminism. I hope to bring a larger landscape to experience the prolific work of black women authors. I want the community to know that black women write everything from sci-fi, poetry, children's books, romance novels to critical race theory. I want to diminish the barriers to reading work by black women and provide reads that grow consciousness on what it is to be black and women, trans or femme."