29: Maggie Rowe
writer and performer
28: Julie Chibbaro
"There was nothing retreating, there was nothing pure. She was not an innocent, she was just kind of raging."
young adult author
27: Jessica Clemons
"I think it's my own nature to love women but also be frightened of them and what they may take from me."
26: Fraidy Reiss
"Go for what you want and make that sound, because you can go back to it. But if you don't work your way up to that, you're going to always feel like you're straddling two worlds."
founder/executive director of Unchained at Last
25: Jennifer Crumpton
"I always talk about my wedding, how I walked down the aisle basically to my execution."
reverend and media commentator
24: Patricia Valoy
"Does it come from behind the pulpit? Do we hear it on CNN? Do we hear it from our president? Do we hear it from Congress? It's all the same, really."
writer and STEM activist
23: Kelsey Osgood
"I laugh, because there’s this big push [to encourage women to enter STEM fields,] and everybody’s like, 'You can do this! It’s available for you, you can make money, you can create things!' But the industries, they haven’t changed at all."
22: Silvia Federici
"Is it possible to try to fix the thing underneath, the thing that apparently has always been there, that wants to be able to measure myself very clearly against other people?"
Marxist feminist scholar
21: Kelsey Miller
"If you know the people you're with. If you grow with them. If you love them. If you share their problems. If you share the work together. This is the social power that I'm referring to."
creator of the Anti-Diet Project
20: Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak
"It really underscores the idea that I'm right to think of myself as not a real person, at least in the context of the rest of the world, because I'm not treated like [a real person] in a lot of ways."
19: Jennifer Thorn
"They are what Derrida would call 'honorary males,' although within their own group, they have the problem that women have...So who is this Third World woman?"
co-founder of MOXIE theatre
18: Rhina Espaillat
"In our founding years, we were asked continually if we produced children’s theater. And that wasn’t necessarily because people saw our kids, it was just an assumption that our interest in art must be connected to children."
poet and translator
"And every art that comes along exhibits some of the [same desire to] reach out and say, 'I’m here, and I’m very much like you. I understand what you feel.'"