Today the woman in focus in my womens’ issues series is Jennifer Baumgardner. Jennifer Baumgardner is a writer, filmmaker, “and lecturer whose work explores abortion, sex, bisexuality, rape, single parenthood, and women’s power. She is the Executive Director/Publisher at The Feminist Press at CUNY. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jennifer_Baumgardner
Jennifer Baumgardner comes from Fargo, North Dakota. She was a feminist early on in life. She graduated from Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin. While she was there she was one of the organizers of a feminist theater group called “Guerrilla Theater. She also produced an alternative newspaper which dealt with women’s liberation issues.
Today she has written for numerous large circulation magazines such as Glamour, Maxim, Babble and The Nation. “Her books include Manifesta: Young Women, Feminism and the Future, Grassroots: A Field Guide for Feminist Activism written with Amy Richards, and Look Both Ways: Bisexual Politics. In 2004 she produced the documentary film Speak Out: I Had an Abortion, which tells the story of ten women's abortion experiences from the 1920s to the present. She has written about purity balls (rituals celebrating virginity), Catholic hospitals taking over secular ones and eliminating their reproductive services, and breastfeeding her friend's son.”
Jennifer Baumgardner is a third wave feminist but has a healthy respect for the feminists who have gone before her paving a better life for today’s women. Here first book, ManifestA: Young Women, Feminism and the Future co-authored with Amy Richards is a testament to this view of feminism.
Jennifer Baumgardner and Amy Richards set a definition for feminism and feminists and started the historical backdrop to the days of the first wave of feminists, the suffragettes. Jennifer Baumgardner and Amy Richards help to clear up the misconceptions about earlier feminists that young third wave feminists may have had due to media coverage and other misguided feminists.
Jennifer Baumgardner and Amy Richards founded Soapbox inc as a vehicle to spread their activism. The "I Had an Abortion" Project (2004) was created by them to encourage women to come out with their experiences about having an abortion as a result of sexual assault. Many of the victims found the speaking experience often “trauma-free and liberating” regardless of the social media point of view.This project led Jennifer Baumgartner to continue with the I was raped project.
Personally I do appreciate modern feminists who truly understand the help their received from their former sisters.