Feminist Crush

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Mar 23, 2018

An award-winning film director, editor, and producer, Ambika Leigh joined the #MeToo movement in October 2017 when she, along with dozens of women, came forward to accuse Hollywood writer-director James Toback of sexual assault.

Mar 16, 2018

Together with four other funny women, Kelly Lohman, Amanda Troop, and Jessica Lynn Verdi make up Ripley Improv, an LA-based improvisation troupe that specializes in devising artful, long-form narratives about women who save the day, save the world, and save each other.

Mar 9, 2018

Cameron Airen is a coach who works with clients of all genders to help them better manage their mind and emotions, and get in their bodies so they can experience deeper intimacy, show up more powerfully, and live a more fulfilling life. In addition, she w

Mar 2, 2018

Following her 14-year battle with disordered eating, fitness expert Robbie Ann Darby founded RAD Experience, a radical fitness and wellness movement devoted to transforming not only bodies, but lives.

Feb 23, 2018

An award-winning choreographer and seasoned dancer from Brazil, Marina Magalhães's choreography draws from her unique background in Afro-Latin and Contemporary dance practices to create a dance theater grounded in subversive politics and deeply personal.

Feb 16, 2018

Musicians Emma McCall, Arden and Eva Baldinger make sweet music together as Moonrise Nation, a young, fresh pop-folk ensemble currently touring the U.S.

Feb 9, 2018

Best known for her “Courage Has No Gender” campaign, LA-based street artist Meg Zany transforms global cityscapes into fiercely feminist works of public art that draw attention to issues of gender inequality in the hopes of inspiring the world to crea

Feb 2, 2018

Inclusive, multicultural stories take centerstage at Bag O' Bones, an art collective dedicated to creating socially-conscious, multimedia visual and performance art content in Los Angeles. Founder Tinks Lovelace and creative partner Francesca Gámez, the

Jan 26, 2018

In 2008, author and activist Winnie M. Li was working as a film producer in London when she was violently attacked and raped by a teenage boy while traveling in Northern Ireland. Today, Winnie dedicates her life and career to addressing the issue of sexual assault through the media, the arts, and academia.

Jan 19, 2018

Romance novels and feminism? The two may seem like strange bedfellows, but for Bea and Leah Koch, the book lovers behind America’s sole romance-only bookstore The Ripped Bodice, the connection is real.

Jun 2, 2017

Best known for her laugh-out-loud performances including her hilarious portrayal of Mitzi Fitzsimmons in the web series Rods and Cones (which she co-created with longtime collaborator Beth Lisick), writer, comedian, and actor Tara Jepsen flips the feminist script with rad projects like Pave The Way, a skateboard design company that celebrates queerness, and her forthcoming debut novel, Like A Dog, a Sister Spit imprint of San Francisco's famed City Lights Publications.

May 26, 2017

After years of studying and performing theatre in the United States and South Africa, actor, playwright, and activist Brittanie Richardson founded Art and Abolition, a freedom movement and nonprofit organization that uses art as a vehicle to free, heal, and empower young survivors of sexual slavery in Kenya.

May 19, 2017

Raised in Tijuana, Mexico and educated in the United States, visual artist and designer Tanya Aguiñiga's unique, cross-cultural craft work combines activist and community-based art practices, connecting marginalized communities through creative collaboration and inspiring audiences across the country and beyond its borders to engage in critical conversations about identity, gender, and culture. 

May 12, 2017

A staple of the Los Angeles alt-comedy scene, transgender comedian Riley Silverman brings the house down by raising consciousness, delivering sharp, silly, and darkly humorous takes (inspired by her own experience) on topics like transitioning, harassment, and #TravelingWhileTrans.

May 5, 2017

Inspired by the fashion needs of both its founder and the larger LGBTQ community, designer Nik Kacy formed Nik Kacy Gender Equal Footwear, a groundbreaking shoe company specializing in the creation of stylish, uniquely unisex footwear for individuals of all gender expressions, paving the way for all people to rock what's in their hearts and souls on their feet without being (shoe)boxed in a gender binary.

Apr 28, 2017

With Call Your Girlfriend, a biweekly, unapologetically feminist podcast discussing the latest in pop culture and politics, journalist Ann Friedman and real-life bestie Amina Sow invite listeners to eavesdrop on their phone calls to each other about everything from menstrual cycles to workplace dramas, shattering the tired stereotype of catty and competitive female friendship and shining a bright, powerful light on the bond of sisterhood.

Apr 21, 2017

Blending bright colors, playful humor, and fierce feminism, illustrator Mary Purdie's gal-powered gallery of pop culture's most iconic feminist sheroes has drawn thousands of Instagram followers, inspiring meaningful activism and healing laughter through her artwork, while waving a middle finger (or two!) in the patriarchy's face.

Apr 14, 2017

Slam poetry superstar and teaching artist Alyesha Wise puts into powerful words her experiences as a black woman, calling out white supremacist patriarchy with her poetry and inspiring the next generation of poet-activists.

Apr 7, 2017

Using hair as a form of social justice, queer hairstylist Madin Ray Lopez's non-profit organization, Project Q, transforms LGBTQIA and homeless youth by helping those struggling to accept who they are become the people they were born to be - one haircut at a time!

Mar 31, 2017

Drawing from her coming-of-age as the child of an Italian immigrant, the othering she encountered as a city kid residing in the rural South, and her experience as an immigrant living and working abroad, LA-based visual artist Debra Scacco creates multimedia artwork that charts a course towards understanding cultural identity (including her own), exploring "placelessness" and pinpointing personal history as a port of entry for continual investigation of geography and environment.

Mar 24, 2017

Whether she's writing about queer politics, racial justice, or rape culture, writer, activist, and social media maven Carmen Rios reigns queen supreme of the feminist blogosphere, overseeing the development of safe spaces centering the feminine narrative as Managing Editor at Argot Magazine; reporting, rebelling, and truth-telling as Digital Editor at Ms.; and activating young women by melding fandom and social culture with current political issues as Co-Host of THE BOSSY SHOW podcast.

Mar 17, 2017

Indie-folk goddesses Elana Stone and Katie Wighton, together with their "sisters" Hannah Crofts and Georgia Mooney, cast a potent spell as All Our Exes Live In Texas, a fierce, musical foursome mixing masterful musicianship, heavenly harmonies, and a little feminism for good measure.

Mar 10, 2017

Embodying different Bettys colliding at the intersections of anger, sex, and "thea-tah", actors Anna Lamadrid, Tracey A. Leigh, and Elyse Mirto deliver a knockout blow to a thousand boring tropes about female identity in The Theatre @ Boston Court's production of Jen Silverman's brash, uncompromising, queer comedy Collective Rage: A Play in 5 Boops.

Mar 3, 2017

In That'swhatshesaid, a one-person performance using only female dialogue from the most-produced plays in America, performance artist Erin Pike acts out a brutal theatrical exercise in isolation, inviting audiences to observe the chaos and clarity that emerges when female characters are left alone with no male protagonists to support.

Feb 24, 2017

Tired of waiting for permission to screen her own films and desiring a safe space for feminist filmmakers and their movies to shine, indie auteur and actor Premstar Santana founded the Moonfaze Feminist Film Festival, an annual celebration of films that foreground a feminist viewpoint and showcase critical, political, cinematic takes on the many levels of oppression women, queer people, and people of color navigate every day.

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