About this blog: Feminist Activism will be a forum for discussion of all gender issues but the focus of discussion should always be “What can be done to overcome this particular inequality?” Dialogues surrounding socially constructed gender roles, feminisms, sexualities, identities and, in particular, strategic nonviolent activism, are highly encouraged.
There are some ground rules to consider: derogatory, disrespectful, and/or irrelevant comments will not be allowed. Feel free to disagree but please always do so in a constructive and educational manner. Any racist, sexist, ageist, ableist, homophobic, transphobic or otherwise bigoted comments will not be allowed and the author will be blocked from discussion. Question everything but do so in a thought-provoking way, not in a way that makes anyone react defensively. Please share any links, personal stories, research or relevant information you may have on a given topic. The purpose of this blog is to share, educate, learn, and figure out how to change the world.
About the author: Many words describe me but none more so than activist. I am dedicated to equality of all people and have a special focus on gender issues including reproductive justice, sexual violence, and strategic nonviolent action.
I have been a feminist my whole life. The first biographical report I was assigned was in 4th grade–I chose Susan B. Anthony. I co-founded the first Gay-Straight Alliance on the campus of Modesto High School.
In college I worked with the National Organization for Women at San Diego State University on their I Heart Consensual Sex and Love Your Body Day campaign and organized for California NOW their 2006 annual conference and the 2007 southwest regional Women of Color and Allies Conference. I also worked with VOX: Voices for Planned Parenthood at SDSU to plan the No on Prop 85 Rally against a parental notification of abortion initiative, and helped to organize Sex on the Lawn, a safe sex educational fair. My BA is in Women’s Studies, Spanish, and Linguistics. I lived and studied in Madrid, Spain for a semester during undergrad.
After graduating I worked for a year in an amazing gynecologist office and abortion clinic in Austin, Texas where I have worked for the past two years. I also have the privilege of working for Love Is Respect, a project of the National Domestic Violence Hotline, and I couldn’t be happier there.
I went to graduate school in Costa Rica at the UN-mandated University for Peace and earned my MA in Gender and Peace Building. My thesis was titled “Combating the Isms with Activism: A Cross-cultural Study in Women’s Strategic Nonviolent Action in the United States.” At UPeace I fundraised for and acted in The Vagina Monologues, served as the co-chair of the Student Sexual Health Committee, and organized the Clothesline Project.
Currently I live in Austin, Texas with my wonderful feminist partner.