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: Controversies, Challenges, Actions”

In Feminism: Controversies, Challenges, Actions, filmmaker Rebecca Haimowitz interviews some of the most exciting voices in feminist scholarship and activism. Commissioned in 2005 to reflect the first 30 years of the Scholar & Feminist conference, this half-hour documentary asks feminists across generations about past controversies, current challenges, and future actions of feminist movements that remain as vibrant as they are varied.

This film features interviews with Jennifer Baumgardner, Ana Liza Caballes, Leslie Calman, Lisa Duggan, Jane Gould, Hester Eisenstein, Amber Hollibaugh, Ada Maria Isasi-Diaz, Janet Jakobsen, Temma Kaplan, Vivien Labaton, Dawn Lundy Martin, Dr. Andree-Nicola McLaughlin, Sunita Metha, Nancy K. Miller, Elizabeth Minnich, Debra O’Gara, Riya Ortiz, Ann Pellegrini, Amy Richards, Susan Reimer Sacks, Dean Spade, and Emily Woo Yamasaki.


“Justice at the Intersections: Action for Reproductive and Economic Justice in NYC”

This film premiered at the conference “Critical Intersections: Reproductive and Economic Justice” held on September 22, 2010 at Barnard College. The conference and film, as well as a written report, are the result of a multi-tiered collaboration among the New York Women’s Foundation (NYWF), community-based NYWF grantee partners doing reproductive justice work, and the Barnard Center for Research on Women (BCRW). Together all of these groups are working to enable, expand, document, and enhance the possibilities of creating reproductive justice. In particular, this collaboration was developed to explore the ways in which organizations led by women of color are elaborating reproductive justice in connection with economic justice.

Created by filmmaker Tiona McClodden, this film provides interviews with 16 organizations doing reproductive justice work in New York City. As a group this set of grantee partners is building a new vision for reproductive justice, one that springs from the lives and thoughts of the women with whom they work in New York City.


What is Neoliberalism? is a video by the Barnard Center for Research on Women, featuring interviews with Lisa Duggan, Miranda Joseph, Sealing Cheng, Elizabeth Bernstein, Dean Spade, Sandra K. Soto, Teresa Gowan, and Ana Amuchástegui. In the video, contributors describe the various meanings that have been attributed to the term “neoliberalism,” the neoliberal economic policies developed through the IMF and the World Bank, and the usefulness of “neoliberalism” as an organizing rubric for contemporary scholars and activists. Drawing from research on immigration policy, the prison-industrial complex, poverty management, and reproductive justice, they sketch some of neoliberalism’s intersections with gender, sexuality, race, class, and nation. Recorded Fall 2012. Edited by Hope Dector.

This video was included in issue 11.1-11.2 of S&F Online: Gender, Justice, and Neoliberal Transformations.

Captions are available on YouTube.

What is STEAM?

“Ebonie Smith: Learning STEM through Music Production and the Arts”

In her closing comments at The Scholar & Feminist Conference XL – Action on Education, music producer Ebonie Smith discusses the arts as an alternative approach to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) education. Ebonie Smith ’07 is the founder of Gender Amplified, a movement celebrating women in music production and inspiring the next generation and was previously a BCRW Alumnae Fellow.

Recorded on February 28, 2015 at The Scholar & Feminist Conference XL – Action on Education.


Forthcoming: What is WOMANISM?

The Barnard Center for Research on Women engages our communities through programming, projects, and publications that advance intersectional social justice feminist analyses and generate concrete steps toward social transformation.

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