Feminist Activism in Girls and Young Women: Students Teaching, StudentsLearningModerator: Mary P. Sheridan-RabideauAbstract:
Various facets of feminist activism in high school girls and college womenwill be discussed: how to inspire activism, how activism can be used as a pedagogicaltechnique, how students can become activist leaders contributing to the cycle of teachingand learning and improve women’s lives through meaningful service withincommunities.
Teaching Resistance: Inspiring Feminist Identification through Service-Learning,Jennifer L. Martin
Female high school students participating in a women’s studies course at an at-risk alternative high school were given the opportunity to design a variety of feministservice-learning projects to benefit other women in the community throughout thesemester. These young women were hesitant to self-identify as feminists prior to theseexperiences, despite the fact that they personally held goals similar to those of thefeminist movement. Results revealed that these projects facilitated feminist identificationand activism and strengthened the bonds between females in the school.
Girls and Zines: Using Literacy Work to Promote Activism and Feminism, RebekahBuchanan
The purpose of this paper is to define how paper-based zines are used as a literacypractice that enables the girls who participate in the subculture to create, define andconstruct meaning in the day-to-day practices of their everyday lives, as well as usewriting to define and explore identity(ies). It also explores how the ritual of writing as aform of identity work is the basis for deeper examination into self. The primary focushere is on how this identity is formed and constructed in relation to feminism andactivism.
Girls use zines as a writing site of counter-cultural pedagogy. This moves girlsto the space of cultural producers working to revise what it means to be a girl in latemodernity. Through ethnographic research, this paper addresses how young zinesters become feminist activists.
We Are the Present, Not Just the Future: Teenage Girl Activists Claiming PoliticalAuthority in the Americas, Jessica Karen Taft
Teenage girl activists are engaged in a variety of struggles for social change.Rejecting youth development paradigms that emphasize only their future contributions tosociety, they claim space for themselves as legitimate social and political agents of change in the present. This presentation draws upon participant observation andinterviews with teenage girl activists in Mexico City, Caracas, Buenos Aires, Vancouver and the San Francisco Bay Area in order to outline some of the ways that these youngwomen construct themselves as important contributors to social movements and socialchange.