#BlogHer16 Closing Keynote: NextGen Feminists in the Public Eye Featuring Jurnee Smollett-Bell and Matt McGorry
I'm thrilled to finally be able to announce our closing keynote at #BlogHer16, taking place late Saturday afternoon. We're tackling what it means to use your platform to speak out on the principles you support, specifically intersectional feminism, especially when you're in the glare of the spotlight. I expect some of our attendees have felt that heat ... whether within your own family or in very public (online) spaces.
While the recent SheKnows Media Study, "#TheFWord Study on Feminism," told us that there are people who understand and agree with the stated goals of feminist advocacy but remain wary of claiming the "feminist" label for themselves, it also made abundantly clear that, despite many assumptions to the contrary, the millennial generation is wholeheartedly taking up the mantle and the label.
These next-generation feminists come at it from a point of view that explicitly takes the intersection of gender, race, orientation, age, and other identity attributes into account. And they see men as not only a welcome part of the feminist movement, but a necessary part.
In particular, there is a new group of millennial celebrities from across disciplines who are using the platform their celebrity provides to be vocal on feminist issues, taking stands and integrating their personal beliefs into their personal brands, even as they are building their careers. That’s a tightrope online influencers walk every day ... balancing their beliefs and their businesses.
Join women and girls advocate Jess Weiner for a lively conversation with three individuals who use their positions in the public eye to be vocal advocates and evangelists for equality and justice. Whether via the roles they take on or via their public personas, actors Jurnee Smollett-Bell and Matt McGorry and boxing champion Heather Hardy take stands … online and off … and are examples of how we all can use our platforms to fight for the future and for a more inclusive feminism.
I love closing out the event with the reminder of the power of our voices, both individually and collectively ... I'm going to be in the front row for this one (well, duh!)
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