Through her exploratory workshop Feminist Acting Class, presented as part of The Hammer Museum's Bureau of Feminism initiative, queer feminist playwright, director, musician, and performer Gina Young hopes to expand the roles for women and non binary people in the theatre by providing a space free from restrictive gender expectations for performers to experiment with roles that would otherwise be off-limits.
With Instagram account Bye Felipe, feminist journalist-cum-Tinder vigilante Alexandra Tweten calls out dudes online who turn hostile when rejected or ignored by inviting women to screenshot the harassing messages they receive when they tell men they're not interested.
As artistic director of Chicago's The Viola Project, professional actor and teaching artist Skyler Schrempp cultivates confidence among middle school-aged girls by creating "a brave space" for young women to stand up, advocate for themselves, and demand inclusion through creative exploration of William Shakespeare's classic plays.
Chicago-based storyteller, educator, and sex positivity activist Alicia Swiz takes on takes on rape culture, slut shaming, and media's role in influencing our attitudes about women and sexuality.
Writer, producer, and co-creator of Amazon Prime's new animated series Danger and Eggs Shadi Petosky talks internalized transphobia, intersectional feminism, and the importance of recognizing our biases (and f***ing destroying them!).
For playwright Ellen Fairey and director Kimberly Senior, aging and ageism, the evolution of gender roles, and the need for safe spaces to express our anxieties about an ever-changing world take center stage in the Goodman Theatre's New Stages Festival production ofSupport Group for Men.
Actors Bri Sudia and Lauren Molina, in collaboration with Tony Award-winning director Mary Zimmerman, set the scene for sisterhood both on and off stage in the Goodman Theatre's production of Leonard Bernstein's classic musical Wonderful Town.
Through comedy, feminist improviser and creator of goodgirlsarentfunny.com Holly Mandel empowers funny women to say HELL yes, and... "f*ck it!", to bust their inner good girls, and to "build their own sandboxes" in which to play (No boys necessary!).
Chicana punk rock pioneer Alice Bag sounds off on making art out of rage, finding her feminist voice, and reveals "the greatest hurt" she could do to herself: to not live by her own convictions.
Writer and comic book creator Christy Marx chronicles the origin story of her "soul obsession" with super heroes, considers why Jem and The Holograms strikes such a chord with feminist fans, and offers her advice for breaking into the comic book industry's boys club (hint: Let nothing stop you!).
Transgender actor, writer, and comedian D'Lo raps about how hip hop inspired his feminism, storytelling as a tool for self-discovery, and his gratitude for directors who challenge him to face his stinky "shit."
The political is poetic as feminist writer and climate change activist Rebecca Solnit opens up about mansplaining, the change-making nature of "naming things", and why we all need an education in hope.
Five Nights in Maine filmmaker Maris Curran sounds off on empathetic cinema, the critical role of "champions" in taking a story from script to screen, and exposing the behind-the-scenes barriers keeping women from calling the shots in Hollywood.
LA-based artist and feminist fashionista Whitney Bell chats about reclaiming 'cunt', combating harassment one dick pic at a time, and how her art's signature spoonful of sugar helps the feminism go down.
Transgender actor and activist Scott Turner Schofield shares his personal "trans moment," his thoughts on transforming Hollywood into a more inclusive space, and the greatest challenges facing trans people today and what we can all do promote wider trans acceptance.
Exhibit creators Emma Thorne-Christy and Krista Ulman share the inspiration behind their newest Los Angeles installation, Laughing Matters: The Experiences of Women in Stand-Up Comedy, and reveal how the uniquely unfunny challenges faced by women, queer people, and people of color in comedy are no joke.
Queercore queen Michelle Tea opens up about her new book, Black Wave, her lesbian feminist separatist nervous breakdown, and why Aquarians rule!
Brooklyn-based hip hop trio Hand Job Academy raps about street harassment, body positivity, the challenges of growing up girl.
Transgender performance artist Justin Vivian Bond talks gender nonconformity, creative inspiration, and the art of becoming the person one has always dreamed of being.