It Was Rape; Manifesta; Grassroots
Jennifer Baumgardner is a writer, activist, filmmaker, and publisher
whose work focuses on sexual violence and scapegoating, abortion,
bisexuality, and radical children’s literature.
She’s been an editor at Ms. and a features writer for The Nation,
Harper’s, Glamour, Harper’s Bazaar, Teen Vogue, More and Elle
(among others). She is the author of Look Both Ways: Bisexual Politics, Abortion & Life, and F ‘em! Goo Goo, Gaga, and Some Thoughts on Balls and the co-author of Manifesta: Young Women, Feminism, and the Future, Grassroots: A Field Guide for Feminist Activism, and We Do!: American Leaders Who Believe in Marriage Equality.
With Amy Richards, she co-founded Soapbox Inc. and Feminist
Camp. In 2005 she co-created the award-winning documentary I Had
an Abortion (with Gillian Aldrich). In 2013, she directed her second
film, It Was Rape. Both films are widely-course adopted and available
from Women Make Movies. She also served as a producer for the
plays SLUT and Now That We’re Men.
From 2008-2012, she was writer in residence at The New School,
where she taught non fiction workshops and produced activist events.
From 2013-2017, Jennifer served as the executive director and
publisher of the Feminist Press, the oldest and longest running
women’s press in the world. She is the publisher of Dottir Press and
the current editor in chief of the Women’s Review of Books.
Originally from Fargo, North Dakota, Jennifer lives in New York City
with her husband, two sons, and two cats. A recent-ish video interview
with Jennifer can be found here.