Amid a popular debate over whether today’s young women embrace or reject the word feminist, bestselling author and trans women’s rights activist Janet Mock, Joy Reid, host of MSNBC’s “The Reid Report,” and Lizz Winstead, co-creator of “The Daily Show” and head of Lady Parts Justice, join Mic senior editor Elizabeth Plank 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.
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.
Joy Reid is host of “The Reid Report” on weekdays at 2 pm on MSNBC. Reid was the former Managing Editor of theGrio.com, a daily online news and opinion platform devoted to delivering stories and perspectives that reflect and affect African-American audiences.
Reid joined theGrio.com with experience as a freelance columnist for the Miami Herald and as editor of the political blog The Reid Report. She is a former talk radio producer and host for Radio One, and previously served as an online news editor for the NBC affiliate WTVJ in Miramar, FL.
During the 2004 presidential campaign, Reid served as the Florida deputy communications director for the 527 "America Coming Together" initiative, and was a press aide in the final stretch of President Barack Obama's Florida campaign in 2008. Joy's columns and articles have appeared in the Miami Herald, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, South Florida Times and Salon.com. She is currently producing a documentary, The Fight Years—which takes a look into the sport of boxing during the 1950s and 1960s in Miami.
Reid graduated from Harvard University in 1991 with a concentration in film, and is a 2003 Knight Center for Specialized Journalism fellow. She currently resides in Brooklyn with her husband and family. Follow her on Twitter @JoyAnnReid and “The Reid Report” @TheReidReport.
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