In October 2007, Nona Willis Aronowitz and Emma Bee Bernstein set out on a cross-country road trip, meeting with hundreds of young women to discuss their thoughts and feelings about the issues that mattered to them—and about feminism. Girldrive: Criss-crossing America, Redefining Feminism is a diverse compilation made up of vivid photos, diary entries, and young women’s reflections on gender, politics, race, class, and geographical experiences.
The event will feature excerpts from the book, with appearances by:
Nona Willis Aronowitz is a political and cultural critic born and raised in New York City. She has written about women, sex, music, technology, film, and youth culture for numerous publications including The Nation, The New York Observer, The Village Voice, and Salon. She graduated from Wesleyan University in 2006 with a degree in American Studies. She now lives in Chicago and is a reporter and editor for the Tribune Company.
Kathleen Hanna is a musician, feminist activist and teacher. She was one of the founders of the nineties Riot Grrl movement and to some the emblem of the 90s feminist revival. She was the lead singer of the punk band Bikini Kill, Le Tigre, and Viva Kneivel, and has long been working on zines promoting feminism and women in music. She lives in New York City.
Michele Wallace is a feminist scholar, author, and professor of English at City College and the CUNY graduate center. In 1978, her book Black Macho and the Myth of the Superwoman pushed Wallace into the national spotlight, eliciting both praise and criticism. For more than a decade since then, Wallace has taught at universities, spoken to groups, and written widely on issues of race and gender for both scholarly and popular publications.
In place of Emma Bee Bernstein (1985-2008), stage actress and longtime friend of Emma’s, Marianna McClellan, will read one of Emma’s essays from Girldrive.