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Feminista Jones

Intersectionality Expert, Author & Award-Winning Writer

Biography

Named one of the Top 100 Black Social Influencers and 25 Most Inspiring Women on Twitter, Jones is a feminist thought leader and social media influencer honored for online activism. Feminista Jones is a Philadelphia-based feminist writer, public speaker, community activist and retired social worker. She is an award-winning writer and the author of the critically acclaimed Reclaiming Our Space: How Black Feminists Are Changing the World From the Tweets to the Streets (Beacon). Her work centers around queer identity, critical race theory, intersectionality, mental health and social work. She also teaches a course on the African American Queer Experience at Temple University. Read More >

Jones’ passion and talent for writing have led to her being featured in the New York Times, Washington Post, Time, Essence, Out, Complex, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Salon, and EBONY magazine to name a few publications. She currently operates her own subscription-based platform and contributes to various publications as a freelancer and commissioned writer. She’s also been featured on the Oprah Winfrey Network.

Because of her work, Jones has been extensively featured in publications around the world, including The Boston Globe, Detroit Free Press, Huffpost, Jet magazine, Ms., The New York Times, NBC News, Newsweek, NPR, The Washington Post, USA Today and The Intercept.

Since 2013, Jones has presented and lectured at various colleges and universities, including Princeton, Cornell, Columbia, Boston University, UC Berkeley and The University of Pennsylvania. Represented by APB, Jones is a highly sought-after lecturer, panelist and keynote speaker for major conferences and has been a featured speaker at several, including Stanford's Online Feminism Conference, Drexel's Racism in Medicine Conference, the Society for Social Work and Research Conference, Netroots Nation, SXSW, BlogHer, Woodhull Freedom Summit, and more. In 2018, she was honored to give the Baccalaureate speech during Vassar College’s Commencement weekend.

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 year, she was named one of the Top 100 Black Social Influencers by The Root. 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 2017, Jones was named one of the 100 Most Influential People in Philadelphia by Philadelphia magazine and was later featured in Philadelphia Style magazine for her community work. In 2020, Jones was named one of the "Bitch 50", honoring the work of feminist women around the world and one of the 76 Most Influential People in Philadelphia.

In 2019, Jones joined two of her closest friends to create Black Girl Missing, a true-crime podcast that focuses on the stories of missing African American girls in the United States. Jones is also a mom, an organizational leadership, management, culture, and diversity consultant, a mentor to young girls and women, a Ph.D. student at Temple University 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

Investigation Into Death of TikTok Influencer Lauren Smith-Fields

Vassar College Commencement Address

Speech Topics

Organizational Leadership: Diversity & Inclusion & Addressing Gender & Racial Bias

How can corporations and organizations address systemic issues related to gender, race and sexual orientation in the workplace? In this keynote tailored to each individual company or nonprofit, Feminista Jones gives you the steps to get started to create an inclusive, diverse and supportive environment for all employees. The author, community activist and former social worker also discusses organizational trauma and how an organization and its team members can heal and move forward after a cataclysmic event.

Social Media & Social Justice in the 21st Century

Named one of the Top 100 Black Social Influencers, Feminista Jones has learned the power of connecting people via social media and how a few hashtags can start a movement that can help change the world. In this talk, Jones, a feminist writer and activist, reveals how activists are using social media to organize movements for social justice and social change and how Black women are changing culture, society and the landscape of feminism by building digital communities and using social media as powerful platforms. Like Jones, you can become part of the mainstream resistance and political engagement. Jones will show you how to get started.

African American LGBTQ Experience

As a queer woman of color, Feminista Jones knows the importance of studying the history of those who came before her. In this inspiring keynote, Jones shares stories of these African American women artists, writers, activists and scholars who fought to overcome oppression based on their identities and how they battled hatred, bigotry and oppression. She also discusses how we can implement a curriculum in schools that embraces queer identity. This talk will inspire you to keep going and never give up on yourself or each other.

Intersectional Feminism/Women's Empowerment

There’s a popular belief that in today’s world that feminism isn’t needed anymore. After all, we can do anything or be anything, right? That’s anything but the truth, says Author and Activist Feminista Jones. “Women and girls continue to face devastating gender-based oppression, and it’s clear the world needs feminism and feminist activism as much as it ever did,” she says. In this keynote, Jones reveals the importance of not only embracing feminism but intersectional feminism in the 21st century, where everyone has a seat at the table; and how if everyone works together, they can empower each other to be successful in their personal and professional lives.

Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault

Each year, more than 1.3 million American women experience domestic violence or sexual assault, with the majority of incidents never reported to the police. For Black women, it’s even more of an issue, says Author and Activist Feminista Jones. They are almost three times as likely to experience death as a result of domestic violence/intimate partner violence than White women. And while Black women only make up 8% of the population, 22% of homicides that result from domestic violence happen to Black Women and 29% of all victimized women, making it one of the leading causes of death for Black women ages 15 to 35. So, what can we do to stop it? In this keynote, Jones—a victim of domestic violence—shares stories about surviving and healing from this trauma, why Black women experience domestic violence and sexual assault at such a disproportionate rate and how you can become an advocate for victims of gender-based violence. It’s a moving keynote filled with steps to take to stop this epidemic of brutality.

Social Work: Poverty, Mental Health, Homelessness & Hunger

At heart, Feminista Jones will always be a social worker. She spent years on the frontlines helping others. She not only witnessed the cruelty of poverty, mental health issues, homelessness and hunger, but also experienced it herself while growing up in Philadelphia. In this keynote, Jones, an author, advocate and writer, reveals her own story and shares how organizations can address hunger and poverty in large cities, become advocates for disenfranchised people and provide outreach and services for those who are suffering the most.

Hip-Hop/Urban Culture

Born on the streets of New York in the 1970s, no one would have guessed that Hip-Hop would turn into a multibillion-dollar business. But 50 years later, not only does this music genre remain incredibly popular but has turned out to be one of the most important cultural phenomena the world as ever known. In this talk, Feminista Jones, a self-proclaimed daughter of Hip-Hop, shares the history of Hip-Hop culture, its influence on greater society and the major role women rappers played in advancing feminism for women of color.