Feminist Movers Makers & Shakers

FMMS – we want to know more about you, and we know our community wants to get to know you, too! 

How it works:

  1. Pick 10 questions from the list below.
  2. Answer the questions with all the passion of your feminist rage against systems of oppression (ideally in a google doc, please).
  3. Compose an email to calliegarp@gmail.com with the subject header “Feminist Movers Makers & Shakers”. Introduce yourself, including a brief bio (this will be included at the bottom of your feature) and links to your website and other relevant social media and/or articles. Include a link to your google doc with the answers to your 10 questions.
  4. Attach a photo of yourself and 3-5 images of/related to your work/project/outreach/activism.
  5. You should hear back from us within 30 days. We may have followup questions to better flesh out the feature, or request different images. FMMS may be featured on the website or our blog.

Burning questions we have for FMMS:

  • How has feminism impacted your life personally?
  • What is your background in feminism &/ social justice?
  • How would you describe your [work/project/outreach/activism] & what do you hope to accomplish?
  • Why is this work important?
  • Can you talk about the evolution of your [work/project/outreach/activism]?
  • Why do you choose your [work/project/outreach/activism] as your main method of engaging with feminism?
  • What do you hope people gain from experiencing your [work/project/outreach/activism]?
  • Is collaboration something you incorporate into your practice? Why or why not?
  • How do you enlist your community in shaping the goals and methods of your work/project/outreach/activism?
  • What inspired you to embark on this path?
  • What is your philosophy for doing activism?
  • How do you define intersectional feminism?
  • Who is your favorite feminist mover, maker and/or shaker?
  • What was the best advice you were given as a mover, maker and/or shaker?
  • What feminist book are you reading right now & what do you think about it? Is there a particular quote or passage you found especially meaningful?
  • How do you balance your mission of social justice with earning a living?
  • How do you make your [work/project/outreach/activism] more inclusive?
  • Who would make your top 5 feminist icons list?
  • What is day-to-day life like in your [office/studio/workspace]?
  • What do you wish people understood about your area of interest within feminism?
  • What are 5 ways our readers can support the work you’re doing?

Are there questions we’re missing? Email us & let us know! We’re always looking to improve.

Check Out The FMMS We’ve Already Featured:


Alyssa Lentz and The Louder Coalition:

“Two events transpired in 2016 that angered me to my core (well, let’s face it, there were lots – but these were the two that catalyzed this movement): the Brock Turner trial (and subsequent sentencing and release), and the “locker room talk” incident. I realized then that so many people have absolutely no idea what consent looks like. People who deny the existence of rape culture. I realized that we need to start having conversations about these issues, and the best way to do so is to give survivors a place to speak about them. The sheer prevalence of sexual violence and a culture that does its best to ignore it entirely is what makes this work so very important to me.”

 

 

 


Megan Smith and the Repeal Hyde Art Project:

“In 2011 I founded the Repeal Hyde Art Project to use art as a tool to create dialogue and awareness about abortion access and interconnected issues. It stemmed from a desire to want to talk more about the Hyde Amendment (which prohibits people from being able to use Medicaid to pay for abortions) and abortion in a way that honored people’s experiences and that invited participation and conversation.”

 

 

 

 

 


Alyssa Karpa and Live To DIY:

“Our world is in a constant state of confusion, feminism and social issues included. I believe that it is important to share one’s views and show support, regardless of whatever that means for you. For some people, that is wearing a patch that portrays their opinions. For other’s it may be heading out to protest or having debates with people in their community. Feminism is for everyone and in a time when many are perplexed as to how their feminism or views matter, I hope that my patches give some the confidence to speak up and move forward.”

 

 

 

 


Feminist Night School:

“We all have our individual reasons but I think the last election motivated us to come together and seek ways to collaborate and act.  While many of us have been active in different areas and in different roles in feminism and social justice, coming together felt like an important step.  We need to be the actors, we need to have a voice in the fight, and we need to support the causes we care about.  This group also believes in education and we have been educating ourselves, through the immense knowledge of other group members, about topics that are important, like affordable housing and immigration.  It is not the time to sit on the sidelines and hope that things turn out, we have to make sure they do.  We have the ability and the opportunity to make positive changes – and we take that responsibility seriously.”

 

 


Julie Gough and Illustrated Women in History:

“I hope that people are able to see that there is nothing they can’t do – there are no fields they are excluded from or can’t succeed in and whatever barriers they think there might be in terms of gender can be breached. I also hope that I can encourage people who maybe aren’t that confident about their abilities in art to be able to share their work by illustrating a women in history.I had a message a while ago asking about submissions by someone who was in a bad place and wanted something positive to focus on and Illustrated Women in History was there for them to have a creative outlet.”

 

 

 

 


Allie Doss and Speak Up:

“I want people to gain an understanding for those who struggle with mental illness and offer support and care rather than judgment or rejection. I hope that people will realize that having a brain illness is the same as having another illness within your body. I hope that people struggling will find their voice and reach out in times where despair/hopelessness wants to take over. I hope that we change the way others handle those who struggle with a mental illness and encourage those to get help without judgment.”

 

 

 


Charmaine Renee and In Solidarity, We Resist:

“I wish people understood that lip service and performative ally-ship isn’t enough. It’s not enough to say that you’re not transphobic, you have to be willing to get called out and show by your actions that you’re not transphobic. In the early stages of creating ISWR, I kept running into references to a “sisterhood” of survivors, but as a GenderQueer person whose family is made up of Transgender, Non-Binary, and Gender Non-Conforming people, that immediately made me cringe and feel as if I did not belong. Queer and Trans folks face different challenges and can’t all be under the banner of “sisterhood.” My community of marginalized people healing alongside each other helped me heal, and that’s because we didn’t erase each other in respectable narratives of sisterhood, whiteness, straightness.

Stop throwing Queer and Trans survivors away when creating space for survivors. Allowing space for more narratives to be heard doesn’t take away from anyone, it only strengthens us in our resolve, in our healing, in our community.”


Jen Bloomer and Radici Studios:

“I am a white woman married to a man born in Ethiopia to Eritrean-Italian parents. My daughter is a mix of cultures and skin colors and languages and I feel both a personal and professional responsibility to continually question my own privilege and raise her to know where she comes from.  As an artist contributing to the sphere of public art and political art it feels especially important to be as thoughtful as possible with the images I am creating and how they might be interpreted by others. I have a community of people who share feedback on my sketches and help illuminate my blind spots.  I try to ensure I think through various lenses of experience when I create my work and that the faces of those underrepresented are visually present. I took less risks when I was younger to put my voice out in the world as I was fearful of saying the wrong thing but I now understand the importance of using my privilege as an ally and as an artist to engage in the public dialogue.”