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March 9, 2020

21st-century feminism topic of SVSU Women’s History Month presentation

Bringing with her a message of female empowerment, Philadelphia-based author and activist Feminista Jones will discuss the state of feminism in the 21st century during a Saginaw Valley State University Women's History Month presentation later this month.
Her talk, titled "Intersectional Feminism/Women’s Empowerment," is scheduled Thursday, March 19, at 6 p.m. in SVSU's Rhea E. Miller Recital Hall. Her presentation will be followed by a question-and-answer session. Both are free and open to the public.
Jones is a feminist writer, public speaker, retired social worker, and community activist. She is an award-winning blogger and author of four books including the critically-acclaimed 2019 release, “Reclaiming Our Space: How Black Feminists Are Changing the World from the Tweets to the Streets.”
Her thought-provoking, conversation-starting writing has been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Time magazine, Essence, Complex, Vox, Salon, and EBONY.
Jones recently addressed challenges facing the modern feminist movement in a July 2019 blog entry, titled "We Need a 21-Century Kind of Feminism."
"The 21st-century wave of feminism will not be collectively successful in its fight for gender equality if we do not embrace intersectionality as praxis and create space and support for all girls and women to become actively engaged in the work," Jones wrote in the blog entry. "Women of color, queer and trans women, disabled women, immigrant women, and poor women must all be called in and allowed space at the table to contribute their wisdom and experiences to the modern feminist movement."
In 2017, Jones was named one of the “100 Most Influential People in Philadelphia” by Philadelphia magazine, and in 2018, she was featured in Philadelphia Style magazine for her community and activism work.
Jones’ lecture is part of SVSU's Dow Visiting Scholars and Artists program. For more information about Jones’ presentation and the Dow Visiting Scholars and Artists program, visit