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Video of the Day: Watch these high school feminists be amazing

School is back in session across the country, and I was thrilled to learn about the great work of the Sacramento Young Feminists Alliance here in California.  

As the Sacramento Bee reportshigh school student organizers have established a multi-high school alliance of feminist clubs across the region. Started by senior Inga Mantica, the Alliance brings together young feminists to discuss issues that they face in their own schools and communities — from online shaming and unequal pay to the importance of intersectionality. They are even making their own feminist zines (#swoon). And they organized their first conference last spring.

Am I the only one who is super jealous that I didn’t have this in high school and is feeling feelz at the brilliant youth? Check out the video below created by Ashiah Scharaga. And wish all the young feminist in your life a great, bad-ass start to their school year!

Video: Sacramento-area students organize for social change


Ina Manticas: The feminism that we are practicing, in the alliance, is to look at the way women and people of genders experience social inequality. 

Jaelyn Singleton: People are kind of afraid of feminism because of the general vision of feminism is that they are always white, they always smoke cigarettes, they always hate men. But as an Afro-feminist, I personally believe in the equality of sex, social class, and race. You can’t be a feminist and be a racist. It just doesn’t make sense. 

Melody Genre: What I think people don’t understand is that feminists don’t want to be better than men or more than men. 

Lucy Giles: We want to be on the same page. 

Melody Genre: Yeah! 

Mac Harrington: When you say to someone, “Hey I’m a feminist.” They think “Oh you don’t like me.” They don’t understand and they think that I’m siding with the other side. 

Cora Kerr: You see a lot of high school boys being belligerent towards high school girls. In an academic setting, you see high schools boys cutting girls off and talking over them. You see girls tend to raise their hands less. We always try to make our presence unapologetic. 

Header image credit: Jose Luis Villegas/The Sacramento Bee

San Francisco, CA

Suzanna Bobadilla is a writer, activist, and digital strategist. According to legend, she first publicly proclaimed that she was a feminist at the age of nine in her basketball teammate's mini-van. Things have obviously since escalated. After graduating from Harvard in 2013, she became a founding member of Know Your IX's ED ACT NOW. She is curious about the ways feminists continue to use technology to create social change and now lives in San Francisco. She believes that she has the sweetest gig around – asking bad-ass feminists thoughtful questions for the publication that has taught her so much. Her views, bad jokes and all, are her own. For those wondering, if she was stranded on a desert island and had to bring one food, one drink, and one feminist, she would bring chicken mole, a margarita, and her momma.

Suzanna Bobadilla is a writer, activist, and digital strategist.

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