New Feminist Solutions: Volume 8
April 2013

#FemFuture: Online Revolution

In this report, Courtney Martin and Vanessa Valenti build on a 2012 convening where 21 writers, activists, and educators who work in the online feminist landscape came together to discuss their needs, desires, and hopes for the online feminist future. Here they provide a cogent explanation of the power of online organizing, the risks and challenges of the current state of the field, and some possible solutions for creating a more sustainable system.

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activism, class, gender, intersectionality, media, race, technology

Scholar and Feminist Online 10.3
Summer 2012

Feminist Media Theory: Iterations of Social Difference

Guest edited by Jonathan Beller

Contributors include Jonathan Beller, Katrina Brown, Patricia Ticineto Clough, Dina Gadia, Cindy Gao, Marina Gržinić, Orit Halpern, Rosanna Irvine, Katie King, Deborah Levitt, Negar Mottahedeh, Roya Rastegar, Catherine Sameh, and Manuel Vason.

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arts, film, gender, history, media, photography, queer, race, sexuality, technology

Scholar and Feminist Online: 10.1-10.2
Fall 2011/Spring 2012

A New Queer Agenda

Joseph N. DeFilippis, Lisa Duggan, Kenyon Farrow, and Richard Kim

With this issue of The Scholar & Feminist Online, the Barnard Center for Research on Women celebrates our ongoing collaboration with Queers for Economic Justice. Through this partnership, we have been engaging activists, academics and organizers around a vision and practice of cross-issue organizing that sees gender and sex as central to issues like immigration, poverty, homelessness, gentrification, and drug use. “A New Queer Agenda” pushes beyond the vision of security and belonging offered through gay marriage to a broader politics of economic, political and sexual justice for all.

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activism, class, disability, economic justice, gender, health, history, human rights, immigration, intersectionality, labor, parenting, photography, politics, queer, race, reproductive justice, sexuality, transgender

Scholar and Feminist Online: 9.3
Summer 2011

Religion and the Body

Dominic Wetzel

Contributors include Kaucyila Brooke, Ann Burlein, Lindsay Caplan, Janet R. Jakobsen, Ins Kromminga, Laura Levitt, Minoo Moallem, Carlo Quispe, Catherine Sameh, Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, Saadia Toor, Dominic Wetzel, Melissa Wilcox, Paul Wirhun, and David Wojnarowicz.

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activism, arts, Christianity, gender, islam, judaism, queer, religion, sexuality

New Feminist Solutions: Volume 7
August 2011

Desiring Change

Amber Hollibaugh, Janet Jakobsen, Catherine Sameh

Desiring Change represents the integration of joint efforts by the Barnard Center for Research on Women (BCRW) and Queers for Economic Justice (QEJ). Desiring Change offers a framework for thinking about how desire and gender are brought alive through the ways lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, and intersexed people use their bodies; and how desire and gender are made poignant and meaningful by the ways we construct or deny our erotic passions and gendered identities in the course of daily life. This project looks at intersections between LGBTQ and progressive politics, asking how best to integrate sex and gender into organizing around issues like immigration, the economy and social services. Desiring Change is born of the fact that in the current political moment, particularly after the financial crisis of 2008, both BCRW and QEJ see an opportunity to bring fresh vision to questions that have long challenged organizations and movements, including questions about how to frame issues of key concern and how to develop effective models for making change. We also see a longing for new possibilities, a way forward in the face of increasing inequality, and a means of keeping our desires at the center of our politics.

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activism, class, economic justice, gender, health, immigration, intersectionality, labor, politics, queer, sexuality, transgender

Scholar and Feminist Online: 9.1-9.2
Fall 2010/Spring 2011

Critical Conceptions: Technology, Justice, and the Global Reproductive Market

Rebecca Jordan-Young

Contributors include Gwendolyn Beetham, Claudia Castañeda, The Center for Bioethics and Culture, Wendy Chavkin, Jeanne Flavin, Sarah Franklin, Ana María García, Faye Ginsburg, Michele Bratcher Goodwin, Rebecca Haimowitz, Anna Harrington, Judith Helfand, Sujatha Jesudason, Rebecca Jordan-Young, Jessaca Leinaweaver, Iris Lopez, Susan Markens, Carol Mason, Faith Pennick, Rayna Rapp, Catherine Sameh, Vaishali Sinha, Debora Spar, Kalindi Vora, Catherine Waldby, and Karen Winkler.

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activism, africana, arts, biology, children, class, disability, environment, film, health, intersectionality, latina, media, parenting, policy, pregnancy, prisons, queer, race, reproductive technology, scholar & feminist, science, technology, transgender, transnational

New Feminist Solutions: Volume 6
April 2011

Reproductive Justice in Action

Rebecca Jordan-Young, Lucy Trainor, Janet Jakobsen

Reproductive justice is an inclusive framework for thinking about reproductive freedoms, holistic well-being and comprehensive justice. Organizing for reproductive justice encompasses a multiplicity of issues; the individuals and networks working in this model are just as diverse in their missions, constituencies, and methods of action. Reproductive Justice in Action is the result of a collaboration between the Barnard Center for Research on Women, Groundswell's Catalyst Fund, the New York Women's Foundation and seventeen of their grantee partners doing reproductive justice work in New York City. Seeking to explore the ways in which these seventeen organizations think about their mission and work, we jointly embarked on a participatory action research project in order to better understand how the organizations relate to (or feel limited by) the model and language of reproductive justice.

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activism, africana, childcare, children, class, domestic work, economic justice, environment, family, gender, health, immigration, intersectionality, latina, parenting, pregnancy, prisons, race, reproductive justice, transgender, violence

Scholar and Feminist Online

Scholar and Feminist Online is an open-source feminist publication that, since its founding issue in 2003, has published academics, activists, and more recently, multimedia artists on topics ranging from queer agendas that center anti-racism, anti-capitalism, and trans justice, to the literary and political legacy of Black feminist poet, playwright, and choreographer Ntozake Shange. The journal’s […]

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scholar & feminist

New Feminist Solutions

Marking the newest direction in BCRW's more than thirty-five-year-old tradition of print publication, New Feminist Solutions is a series of reports geared toward informing and inspiring activists, policy-makers and others. Each report was written in collaboration with organizations and individuals who, like BCRW, have made a concerted effort to link feminist struggles to those of racial, economic, social and global justice. The reports are based on conversations and ideas emerging from conferences held at Barnard College, and are published in conjunction with websites featuring additional information from these events. Copies of the reports are free. They can be downloaded from the New Feminist Solutions website. Print copies can be requested by emailing

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activism, economic justice, intersectionality, policy

What Is: Key Terms in Feminist Studies
March 2011

What Is: Key Terms in Feminist Studies

BCRW has produced a series of videos for use in the classroom that explain concepts and keywords used in social justice feminism, including: Feminism; Reproductive Justice; Neoliberalism; and STEAM: Science, Technology, Engineering, Math (STEM) + the Arts.

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activism, economic justice, gender, reproductive justice, science, technology


Part of our ever-evolving digital presence, the BCRW Blog aims to create an online space that can expand the important conversations happening at the Center, complement our programming, and feature thoughtful reflections on feminist issues of the day. A participatory platform, the Blog invites comments and submissions, allowing for timely and varied conversations with members of the BCRW community near and far. With the Blog, we hope to increase ties among diverse groups of women and develop new venues to encourage the open sharing of feminist ideas and action.

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academy, activism, economic justice, education, gender, history, intersectionality, media, politics, queer, race, sexuality, transnational

New Feminist Solutions: Volume 5
January 2011

Valuing Domestic Work

Premilla Nadasen and Tiffany Wiliams

Domestic work—the daily maintenance of households and the labor of caring for children and other dependents—is crucial work. It enables workers to go out into the world, reproduces a new generation of workers and citizens, and sustains relationships among parents, children and families. And yet, it is devalued, degraded and made invisible. Its degradation and invisibility are produced through processes of gendering that naturalize domestic and caring labors as women's work, and racialization that naturalize low-wage, "dirty" jobs as the work of people of color and immigrants. As laborers doing devalued work, domestic workers receive neither adequate wages nor any of the other legal protections many US workers have—sick leave, time off, and collective bargaining. In New York and nationally, workers have organized for better wages, humane treatment and the right to legal protections that cover other US workers.

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activism, africana, care work, childcare, domestic work, economic justice, immigration, labor, latina, policy, work-life balance