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The Feministing Five: Merle Hoffman

Merle Hoffman is a legendary women’s rights activist, journalist and health care pioneer. Since the early 1970s, she’s fought on the front lines of the war against women, standing up against anti-choice activists since before Roe v. Wade was passed. In 1971, Hoffman helped found one of America’s first ambulatory abortion centers: the Flushing Women’s Medical Center in New York, since renamed Choices Women’s Medical Center.

Under Hoffman’s leadership, the center has expanded to offer a comprehensive range of both reproductive and primary care services. The medical center is founded under the vision of “Patient Power,” a term Hoffman coined, which is a philosophy grounded in knowledge and education, empowering all patients in the health care system.

She is also the ...

Merle Hoffman is a legendary women’s rights activist, journalist and health care pioneer. Since the early 1970s, she’s fought on the front lines of the war against women, standing up against anti-choice activists since before Roe ...

The Feministing Five: Zerlina Maxwell

If you haven’t noticed, we’ve had quite a few new additions to the Feministing crew over the past year. Zerlina Maxwell, who also writes for Ebony, The Grio and Loop 21, is one of these new contributors. When she’s not writing her amazing commentary on the presidential debates and much more for this site, she also attends law school at night.

Zerlina got into political writing after taking a leave of absence from law school and working on the Obama campaign in Virginia (which you’ll read more about in the interview below). She wanted to continue political work after the campaign so she started a blog with a few friends, attended Netroots Nation where she met some of ...

If you haven’t noticed, we’ve had quite a few new additions to the Feministing crew over the past year. Zerlina Maxwell, who also writes for Ebony, The Grio and Loop 21, is one of ...

Coming next week for The Feministing Five…

Apologies we won’t have a Feministing Five for this week (you know how the holiday season can be!) but Anna will be back next week with a special interview series featuring who has been called, “the mother of authentic midwifery” — none other than the amazing Ina May Gaskin.

Have a great weekend, folks!

Apologies we won’t have a Feministing Five for this week (you know how the holiday season can be!) but Anna will be back next week with a special interview series featuring who has been called, “the ...

The Feministing Five: Layel Camargo

Layel Camargo’s involvement with activism and social justice work began when ze was in high school. From a very early age, Layel recognized the differences between the community ze grew up in, which was predominantly low-income people of color neighborhoods, and the white, wealthier neighborhoods around heir. Layel saw a lot of people close to heir (relatives included) in and out of jail. It wasn’t until a classmate named Donna was shot and killed that ze realized how close to violence and injustice ze was. It was at this moment that Layel and other classmates began a small campaign to restore and increase lighting at the park were Donna was shot.

Layel expanded heir intersectional analysis working at the UC Santa Cruz Engaging ...

Layel Camargo’s involvement with activism and social justice work began when ze was in high school. From a very early age, Layel recognized the differences between the community ze grew up in, which was predominantly low-income people ...

Anita Hill on sexual harassment, Ginny Thomas, Slutwalks, and more

Last week, I interviewed Anita Hill for our Feministing Five series to commemorate the 20th anniversary of her famous testimony before the U.S. Senate. The interview was filled with so much goodness that I had to write a follow-up post with more of her insights, which you’ll find below.

And don’t forget, if you’re in the New York area, come hang out with Feministing writers/editors and hear a great lineup of speakers (including Anita herself, of course!) and performances at Hunter College’s “Sex, Power and Speaking Truth: Anita Hill 20 Years Later” conference, which Feministing is sponsoring!

Anita Hill on…

How far she thinks we’ve come in the past 20 years regarding sexual harassment:

We’ve come far because now women can ...

Last week, I interviewed Anita Hill for our Feministing Five series to commemorate the 20th anniversary of her famous testimony before the U.S. Senate. The interview was filled with so much goodness that I had to ...

A farewell – and a new beginning – for the Feministing Five

I have an announcement to make: last week’s interview with Vera Farmiga was the last Feministing Five interview I’ll be conducting. As of tomorrow, Anna will be taking over the Feministing Five. It has been such a pleasure to run the Feministing interview series for the last two years, and it’s with great excitement that I hand the responsibility over to Anna, who I know will do great things with this series.

Over the course of the last two years, I’ve conducted about 85 interviews, with politicians, activists, writers, professors, comedians, and one fictional character. My first interview ran almost exactly two years ago, on August 29, and it was with Rachel Griffin and Josh Phillips, a team ...

I have an announcement to make: last week’s interview with Vera Farmiga was the last Feministing Five interview I’ll be conducting. As of tomorrow, Anna will be taking over the Feministing Five. It has been ...

The Feministing Five: Vera Farmiga

Vera Farmiga is an Academy Award-nominated actress who is about to make her directorial debut with the movie Higher Ground, in which she also stars. Her portrayal of a hard-driving, brook-no-bullshit businesswoman in Up in the Air, for which she garnered an Oscar nomination and with which she nearly stole the show from co-star George Clooney, forced viewers to confront the question of what a female version of Clooney’s character might look like – and how our beliefs about gender, work and love might make us view that female version differently than the male version.

Higher Ground, will be released in theaters next week. Farmiga plays Corinne, a woman struggling with her Christian faith in the face of sickness, inequality ...

Vera Farmiga is an Academy Award-nominated actress who is about to make her directorial debut with the movie Higher Ground, in which she also stars. Her portrayal of a hard-driving, brook-no-bullshit businesswoman in Up in the ...

The Feministing Five: Justin Vivian Bond

Justin Vivian Bond is a cabaret artist and author who has performed all over the world. Bond’s new album is called “Dendrophile,” and v is currently on tour performing songs from it on the East Coast. Bond’s first book, Tango, which will be published later this year through the Feminist Press, chronicles the experience of growing up queer in suburban America in the 1970s.

In the short memoir, Bond, who is trans and uses the prefix “Mx” (pronounced “mix”),writes about the sexual relationship Bond had with a neighbor, a boy v hated but was attracted to all the same. The story begins with the news that the boy, now a man, has been arrested under the code name “Tango” ...

Justin Vivian Bond is a cabaret artist and author who has performed all over the world. Bond’s new album is called “Dendrophile,” and v is currently on tour performing songs from it on the East Coast. ...

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