Feminisms Now!

A Schlesinger Library 75th Anniversary Event
Feminisms Now!

What do millennial feminists want? This panel, presented in partnership with VIDA: Women in the Literary Arts, in celebration of Schlesinger Library’s 75th anniversary and the 10th anniversary of the VIDA count, invites rising artists, thinkers, and organizers to share their visions of gender equality for the 21st century.

Panelists will reflect on their art and activism in the service of intersecting and sometimes competing feminisms. They'll also discuss the ways they do—and don't—engage the legacy of their 19th- and 20th-century foremothers as they work to move society forward.

Free and open to the public.


  • Fatimah Asghar, poet & screenwriter
    Fatimah Asghar is the writer of Brown Girls, an Emmy-nominated web series centered on friendships between women of color. Her collection of poems, If They Come for Us, will be published by One World/Random House in August 2018.
  • Dana Bolger, cofounder, Know Your IX
    The writer and legal activist Dana Bolger is a cofounder of Know Your IX, a national youth-led organization empowering students to end gender violence in their schools. She also serves as a senior editor at Feministing, the leading online community run by and for young feminists.
  • Melissa Febos, assistant professor of creative writing, Monmouth University
    Melissa Febos is the author of the memoir Whip Smart (2010) and the essay collection Abandon Me (2017). Her second essay collection, Girlhood, will be published by Bloomsbury in 2020. She serves on the board of directors of VIDA: Women in the Literary Arts and, with VIDA board member and poet Hafizah Geter, helped to organize this event.
  • Kimberly Foster, cultural critic and founder, For Harriet
    Kimberly Foster founded For Harriet, an online community for women of African ancestry, in 2010, while she was a Harvard undergraduate. For Harriet has since seeded three sister sites and become a premier space for black women’s journalism and storytelling. In 2016, Forbes magazine named Foster to its national 30 under 30 list.
  • Emi Koyama, activist, writer, and rogue intellectual
    Emi Koyama, author of the pioneering Transfeminist Manifesto and Other Essays of Transfeminism (Emi Koyama, 1999), is a multi-issue social justice activist synthesizing feminist, Asian, survivor, dyke, queer, sex worker, intersex, genderqueer, and crip politics. She currently serves as the coordinatrix of the Seattle-based Coalition for Rights & Safety for People in the Sex Trade.
  • Moderated by Robert Reid-Pharr, professor of studies of women, gender, and sexuality, Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences