Feminists We Love

On February 1, 2013, The Feminist Wire launched the series “Feminists We Love,” which creates space for us to acknowledge and honor those feminists (and womanists)—the established, the less well-known, and the emergent—whose advocacy, scholarship, teaching, activism, cultural work, social entrepreneurial ventures, poetry, visual art, and other modes of “doing” anti-sexist-racist-classist-imperialist-heteronormative-ableist work move the various communities of which they are part in the direction of a more just and equitable world. This series features feminists whose work also amplifies any aspect of TFW’s mission.

Feminists We Love: Linda Janet Holmes [VIDEO]

November 28, 2014
Linda Janet Holmes

Linda Janet Holmes is Toni Cade Bambara's first biographer and she is an incredible storyteller. During our interview, Linda shared so much about Toni's incredible life. Her reflections, stories and remembrances unearth some of the depth of Toni's foresight, radicalism, and profundity about a wide range of topics. Linda also shared her own...
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Feminists We Love: Toni Cade Bambara

November 21, 2014

Heidi R. Lewis: Toni Cade Bambara gave me a feminism that was Black—a feminism that was loud, strong, collective, vulnerable, powerful, communal, honest, and intimate, a feminism that was me and that would be waiting for me, whenever I was ready. She gave me the kind of Black feminism that wasn’t afraid to look...
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Feminists We Love: Professor Amina Mama

October 24, 2014

Feminism is the theory, philosophy, politics and practices of the movement for women’s liberation. It has numerous manifestations all over the world. It offers us tools and strategies for demystifying and working to change the myriad historical and material realities that oppress and exploit women. I prefer to refer to “feminism in Africa” or...
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Feminists We Love: Hawa Y. Mire and Luam Kidane of NSOROMMA

September 19, 2014
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When I asked Hawa and Luam who they were, Hawa said: “I’m a storyteller and organizer. My family moved from Somalia and I have grown up in Canada since I was young. Somalia has a rich tradition of oral poetry, entire histories are passed from elder to child in the form of rhythmic storytelling....
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Feminists We Love: Toshi Reagon [VIDEO]

September 12, 2014

In today’s Feminists We Love feature,  writer, performer and arts activist Toshi Reagon talks with TFW Associate Editor Mecca Jamilah Sullivan about feminist lineages, the politics of creative work,  and the role of the artist in feminist thought and movement-building. Toshi Reagon is a multi-talented singer, composer, musician, curator and producer with...
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Feminists We Love: Crista Noel, Africana Womanist

September 5, 2014
Crista Noel

I first met Sister Crista Noel in August 2014 when we were in Geneva, Switzerland during the United Nations’ CERD (Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination) U.S. Review. I was a member of Black Women’s Blueprint‘s (BWB) six member delegation and Sister Crista was representing Women’s All Points Bulletin (WAPB), an organization that...
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Feminists We Love: Wagatwe Wanjuki

August 8, 2014
Wagatwe Wanjuki

Wagatwe Wanjuki is a feminist activist working and living in the New York City area. She uses new media tools to advance social justice. You can learn more about her work here. Stephanie: Wagatwe, I’ve been a fan of yours for years – we both fight sexual violence on college campuses. You have been an...
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Feminists We Love: Marissa Alexander

July 25, 2014
Art by Adee Roberson

By Aishah Shahidah Simmons and Alisa Bierria Today is the first day of Standing Our Ground Week of Action (July 25 – August 1, 2014) in Jacksonville, FL and everywhere in support of Marissa Alexander’s case. The Free Marissa Now Mobilization Campaign is a coalition of organizations and activists that has been mobilizing people in Jacksonville, across the...
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Feminists We Love: Jessica Luther ~ Activist, commentator, and change agent

July 4, 2014

I am not sure when and where I first came in contact with Jessica W. Luther and her work, but ever since that moment I have been continually impressed by her brilliance, her passion for justice, her honesty, and her commitment to realizing “freedom dreams.”  From her brilliant sports writing and her twitter activism,...
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Feminists We Love: Yara Sallam

July 1, 2014
Yara Sallam

Editors’ Note (July 1, 2014): The Feminist Wire stands in solidarity with our sisters in Egypt. On Saturday (June 21, 2014), Yara Sallam was arrested by Egyptian authorities while participating in a peaceful demonstration calling for the repeal of the Protest and Public Assembly Law (Law 107), which gives officials the discretion to ban any protest without justification. The law also allows...
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    Sonia Sanchez: What are we pretending not to know today? The premise as you said, my sister, being that colored people on planet earth really know everything there is to know. And if one is not coming to grips with the knowledge, it must mean that one is either scared or pretending to be stupid.

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    They say you had the eye; they say you saw
    into people. They say you came before as shaman
    or bruja and returned as priestess; they say you were
    stonebreaker. But for me, you were a big sister
    feeling for a lonely brother with no language
    to lament, and you gave me more days, and
    more days. Yes, they could have called you
    Grace, Bambara; they could have called you that.

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