Amid a popular debate over whether today’s young women embrace or reject the word feminist, Guardian US columnist and Feministing founder Jessica Valenti and bestselling author and trans women’s rights activist Janet Mock joins Mic senior editor Elizabeth Plank and others for a look at women, advocacy and the millennial generation.

What constitutes modern feminism and how is it changing the world? Is celebrity feminism helping or hindering the cause? How has social media shaped the movement into a more equal and democratic space for young women to express themselves?

 

This panel is presented in partnership with Mic, a leading news and media company for millennials.

Brief Bios

Jessica Valenti is a daily columnist for the Guardian US. She is the author of four books on feminism, politics and culture, and editor of the ground-breaking anthology Yes Means Yes: Visions of Female Sexual Power and a World Without Rape. She is also a founder of Feministing.com, which Columbia Journalism Review called “head and shoulders above almost any writing on women’s issues in mainstream media.” Jessica speaks at dozens of colleges and organizations every year and sits on the board of NARAL Pro-Choice America. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and daughter, where she does more cooking and baking than one would expect from a feminist.

Elizabeth Plank is a Senior Editor at Mic, formerly PolicyMic, a leading news and media company for young people. She writes about feminism and other social justice issues for Mic’s audience of 19 million monthly readers. Through her online activism and creative approach to journalism, Liz strives to offer an original outlook on the world’s most unoriginal problems. A weekly guest on MSNBC’s first-ever web show, "Krystal Clear," Liz appears regularly on the cable network’s TV programs as well. She’s also been featured as a commentator on Fox News, Al-Jazeera America, Fusion, CTV and BBC World. She holds a master’s degree from the London School of Economics.


Janet Mock is a writer, cultural commentator, advocate for trans women’s rights and The New York Times bestselling author of Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More. Feminist cultural critic bell hooks called Janet’s memoir, “A lifemap for transformation,” while Melissa Harris-Perry said "Janet does what only great writers of autobiography accomplish—she tells a story of the self, which turns out to be a reflection of all humanity.” A board member at the Arcus Foundation, Janet has been called one of the smartest women on Twitter by Fast Company and her work has been recognized by the Sylvia Rivera Law Project, the Anti-Violence Project and Planned Parenthood. Hailing from Honolulu, Hawaii, Janet lives and writes in New York City, and has been fan-girling over Beyonce for 16 years.

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