The twentieth anniversary release of a groundbreaking feminist text: a powerful indictment of the current state of feminism, and a passionate call to arms. Today, people of all genders strive to uphold the goals of feminism and proudly embrace the term, but the movement itself is often beset with confusion and questions. Does personal empowerment happen at the expense of politics? Is feminism for the few—or does it speak to the many as they bump up against daily injustices? What does it mean to say "the future is female"? The book went on to inspire a new generation of readers and has become a classic of contemporary feminist literature.

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In the year , girl culture was clearly ascendant. In Manifesta Jennifer Baumgardner and Amy Richards brilliantly revealed the snags in each feminist hub, all the while proving that these snags had not imperiled the future of the feminist cause. The book went on to inspire a new generation of female readers and has become a classic of contemporary feminist literature.

In the decade since Manifesta was published, the world has changed in ways both promising and disheartening for the feminist cause. Despite major strides forward, the wage gap remains vast, many feminist publications have died, shame around abortion has lingered, and nineties-style anti-abortion terrorism has reemerged.

The tenth anniversary edition of Manifesta , complete with an updated bibliography and lists of resources, commentary from the authors, and a provocative new introduction, shows why the issues first raised by Baumgardner and Richards remains as timely as ever.

Bold, independent, generous, and cautionary, Manifesta leaves no doubt that for a new generation of women the F-word is not only speakable but shoutable and singable.

If caring about women matters, this book matters. They do it with wit, confidence, and superior insight. Manifesta will reinvigorate armchair feminists and recharge activists of all ages.

Manifesta: Young Women, Feminism, and the Future. Richards and Baumgardner speak the language of a new generation of feminists, proving once again that young women are committed to continuing to work passionately for social justice.


Manifesta: Young Women, Feminism, and the Future

Just four years later, in , it was this generational, political and aesthetic dissonance that two young feminist activists, Jennifer Baumgardner and Amy Richards, would explore in their political tract, Manifesta: Young Women, Feminism and the Future. Though the book was nominally for the third-wave generation discussing benchmarks like the Riot Grrrl movement and Sassy , the hip and ill-fated magazine for teens , it was hailed by second-wave grand dames Gloria Steinem and Andrea Dworkin. Now, a decade on, the book has been reissued in a 10th anniversary edition, with a new introduction and background information. Tellingly, Manifesta also begins with Dinner Party , which the writers take as inspiration for a dinner of their own, during which 13 young feminists discuss their issues, which the authors then politicize. Both authors are alumni of Ms. While they deftly diagnose the pitfalls of Ms. Its intended audience seems to fluctuate between the very young and the more informed.


Jennifer Baumgardner

Jennifer Baumgardner born is a writer, activist, filmmaker, and lecturer whose work explores abortion , sex, bisexuality , rape, single parenthood, and women's power. She is most known for her contribution to the development of third-wave feminism. Baumgardner grew up in Fargo, North Dakota , the middle of three daughters. She attended Lawrence University in Appleton , Wisconsin , graduating in While at Lawrence, she helped organize an anti-war "Guerrilla Theater," led a feminist group on campus, and co-founded an alternative newspaper called The Other that focused on intersectional issues of liberation. She moved to New York City after graduation and in began working as an unpaid intern for Ms. By she had become the youngest editor at Ms.

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