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Feminista  Jones

Feminista Jones

Intersectionality Expert, Author & Award-Winning Blogger

Biography

Feminista Jones is a Philadelphia-based feminist writer, public speaker, retired social worker, and community activist. She is an award-winning blogger and the 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 writing and activism centers Black American culture, feminism, critical race theory, intersectionality, mental health, poverty, and women’s health and well-being. Feminista sits on the boards of the Wayfinder Foundation, a grant-making organization that invests in women making a difference in their underserved communities, and The Hope Center for Community College & Justice, a non-profit research organization that advocates for the needs of disenfranchised college students. Read More >

Feminista’s passions are for writing and supporting marginalized people. Her thought-provoking, conversation-starting writing has been featured in the New York Times, Washington Post, Time, Essence, Complex, Vox, Salon, and EBONY. Feminista began her career as a social worker in 2002 and dedicated seventeen years of her career to advocating for and supporting people experiencing poverty, hunger, homelessness, substance addiction, and psychiatric disabilities until 2018. In 2017, Feminista 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.

Since 2013, Feminista has presented and lectured at various colleges and universities, including Princeton, Cornell, Columbia, Boston University, UC Berkeley, and The University of Pennsylvania. She is a highly sought-after presenter for major conferences and has presented at several, including Women @ Pinterest, SXSW, Netroots Nation, BlogHer, Woodhull Freedom Summit, Stanford University’s Online Feminism Conference, Drexel’s Racism in Medicine Conference, and more. In 2018, she was honored to give the Baccalaureate speech during Vassar College’s Commencement weekend.

In 2015, she co-founded and served as General Director of the Women’s Freedom Conference, the first all-digital conference completely organized by and featuring only women of color. For her work, she was named one of SheKnows 2015 “Voices of the Year”. In 2014, she launched a global anti-street harassment campaign (#YouOKSis) and a National Moment of Silence protesting police brutality (#NMOS14), both of which received international media attention. That same year, she was named one of the Top 100 Black Social Influencers by The Root.

Feminista is also a mom, a mentor to young girls and women, and an outspoken advocate for the homeless, people living in poverty, and those living with psychiatric disabilities. Read Less ^

Speaker Videos

On Oprah Winfrey Network: The Know

Reclaiming Our Space Talk at Stanford Clayman Institute

Vassar College Commencement Address

Speech Topics

Intersectional Feminism/Women's Empowerment

The importance of embracing intersectional feminism in the 21st century and how women can empower themselves and each other to be successful in their personal and professional lives.

Social Media & Social Justice in the 21st Century

How activists are using social media to organize movements for social justice. Special topics include: Black Twitter; Movement organizing; Using social media platforms for social change and the context of "Reclaiming Our Space."

Non-Profit Organizational Leadership: Diversity & Inclusion and Addressing Gender & Racial Bias

Addressing systemic issues related to gender, race and sexual orientation in the workplace. In addition, helping organizations and corporations assess and improve their culture and climate.

Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault

Narrative storytelling about survival and healing from trauma as well as advocacy for victims of gender-based violence.

Social Work: Poverty, Mental Health, Homelessness & Hunger

Addressing issues of hunger and poverty in large cities, advocacy for disenfranchised people and how organizations can improve outreach and service provision.

Hip-Hop/Urban Culture

The history of Hip Hop Culture, its influence on greater society and Hip Hop Feminism.