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Author, Feminist & Activist
Rebecca Walker contributes to the global conversation about gender, identity, power, and the evolution of the human family through writing books, developing film and television projects, speaking internationally, collaborating with artists and thought leaders, teaching at the university level, and participating in all forms of social media. Read More >
She has authored seven bestselling books on subjects ranging from intergenerational feminism and multiracial identity to Black Cool and ambivalent motherhood, and written dozens of articles on topics as varied as Barack Obama’s masculinity, the work of visual artist Ana Mendieta, and the changing configuration of the American family. Rebecca has developed film and television projects with NBC, Amazon, and HBO, produced the Amy J Berg documentary This Is Personal about the Women’s March with Paramount Films, and spoken at over four hundred universities and corporate campuses internationally, including Harvard, Facebook and TEDx Lund in Sweden.
When Rebecca was 21, she co-founded the Third Wave Fund for the empowerment of young women aged 15-30, which continues to make grants to women and transgender youth working for social justice. Currently, Rebecca is working on several projects including a new novel, the film adaptation of her first novel, Adé: A Love Story, an interactive journal called What’s Your Story: An Everyday Guide to Evolution (Sounds True, 2020), and a collection on Women and Money to be published by Simon & Schuster in 2021.
Rebecca has won many awards and been named by Time Magazine as one of the most influential leaders of her generation. She lives in Los Angeles with her family. Read Less ^
Beauty as Resistance
“We had the pleasure of inviting Rebecca Walker to a seminar on Masculinity in Sweden in September and this event has had an enormous impact. The definition of what makes a man has been on the public agenda ever since – in all our major newspaper, national radio and in an increasing number of seminars and debates at universities and organizations. Rebecca opened up a whole new dimension to the topic and her informal, candid style of speaking truly illustrated how the meaning of power should be redefined.”
“When Rebecca Walker presented her keynote address at the Asian Women's Shelter event, her message of love resonated throughout everyone in attendance...staff, board, volunteers, supporters and victims of domestic violence. It wasn't just about the words...it was her acknowledgment, her expression of understanding and her sheer essence that made her message exceptionally powerful. As an organization committed to eliminating domestic violence by promoting the social, economic, and political self-determination of women it is imperative that these women feel and understand what it means to be loved not only by those close to them but also by those in support of them. Having a persona such as Rebecca show her support validated this need.”
"On the cusp of the Obama age, we kicked off the annual Mixed Roots Film & Literary Festival celebrating stories of the Mixed experience through film and literary readings on Loving Day. Rebecca Walker set the tone for the weekend's festivities with her amazing and energizing inaugural address, 'Tipas for Hapas.' Her opening remarks made for an unforgettable night and a grand beginning to this annual event. Thank you Rebecca!"
"It was both a pleasure and blessing to have Rebecca Walker visit us at Saint Joseph's University. She arrived on one of the coldest days we've had in Philadelphia but her spirit and positivity warmed the hearts of our entire university-- staff and students alike. Rebecca's message of pursuing action leading to a better and improved experience for women was embraced by those in attendance, a diverse crowd representing the universal reach of her message. Prior to meeting Rebecca, I had not read any of her books, but after a brief conversation with her I counted that as a major disadvantage. I instantly became intrigued with her idea of 3rd Wave Feminism and the thought process behind What Makes a Man, her book on masculinity. I hurried to my office and ordered her texts even before she left campus."
"We had the privilege of having Rebecca lead a session at The North Carolina Conference for Women in Charlotte, North Carolina. In a room filled with more than 300 women of varying ages, races, occupations and socio-economic backgrounds, Rebecca was able to engage us, educate us, listen to us, and bring every voice, mind and heart into the room. She created a feeling of intimacy and brought almost a spiritual quality to our conversation. She is clearly so intelligent and well-spoken, yet also is able to relate to the 'every woman' in all of us. We could have listened to her for hours and still not gotten enough."
"Rebecca Walker brought a new and different voice to the table at our discussion, urging everyone involved - participants and audience - to challenge stereotypes of young women, to avoid automatically casting intergenerational discourse in terms of conflict and to remember the most marginalized constituents in any conversation of women's and family issues. Rebecca is not afraid to call things as she seems them, and does so in a way that invites learning, growth and respect. Rebecca broadens the conversation, inviting us to broaden our own definitions of family, of support, and of community."
"As keynote speaker for the United Minorities Council's annual Celebration of Cultures, Rebecca was wonderful! She was profoundly generous with her spirit, sharing her light and engaging the students, faculty and staff in an intimate and inspiring conversation. As the tragedies at Virginia Tech had occured only a day before our event, Rebecca offered sincere consolation and genuine concern for our well-being as members of the university community. Speaking on her own ideas of openness, she challenged and encouraged the audience to embrace a new consciousness in human relationships, so that we may collectively forge a path to a peaceful universe. Rebecca's presentation was thought-provoking and spiritually uplifting, and it was a thrill to be in her warm presence. Thank you!"
"As the opening and closing speaker for the first annual Gulf Coast Women's Expo, Rebecca inspired women in our area to cultivate our most valuable resource: openness. Her mind-stretching words were a welcome challenge to peel back layers of preconception, scale the walls of judgment and embrace humanity with open hearts and open minds. Women from all walks of life, generation, religion and colors came together and were equally moved, perhaps closer to one another, by the profound message Rebecca shared. With a rare combination of wisdom and warmth, Rebecca held the audience close in her hands like a nest of new birds all leaning in to hear more. Rebecca's voice at our event was immeasurably valued, desperately needed and deeply resonant."
"Rebecca was fabulous! Her warmth, spirit, and compassion filled the room. She was a joy to work with and to hear. Our students, faculty, and staff all enjoyed her willingness to share her insights and listen. When someone asked a question, it was as though they were the only person in the room. Her generosity of spirit was appreciated by all. Many thanks!"
“Walker's candid presentation to the students in my Fathers and Daughters course and her lecture to students and faculty were inspiring, entertaining and enlightening. Weaving her own experiences as a biracial daughter and feminist into the larger tapestry of racism, homophobia, anti-semitism and sexism, she captured students and faculty at both an emotional and an intellectual level - a rare feat for any speaker to university audiences.”
“Rebecca was an excellent keynote speaker for UPS' Diversity Theme Year "Intersections of Identity." Her informal tone and style created a warm, comfortable environment in which the audience was able to ask meaningful and sometimes difficult questions. We were enchanted for two solid hours, and I heard nothing but positive feedback after the event. Thanks!”
“Rebecca Walker stepped onto the stage and immediately set the tone for the next couple of hours. She asked people to move toward the front, so we could all see one another and easily speak to each other. Then she read from Black, White, and Jewish, pausing between selections to offer us the back fill, the story around the writing. Heartfelt and honest, her words and voice offered us an intimate window into her life. We, in turn, were moved to respond with open hearts and personal questions. We had become collectively like family, just by being in the room where Rebecca read. It was a wonderful event. Thank you.”
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