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July 31, 2013

Welcome, Jennifer Baumgardner, the New Publisher/Executive Director of Feminist Press!

The board of directors of the Feminist Press at CUNY is pleased to announce the selection of Jennifer Baumgardner as its new publisher/executive director. Baumgardner follows the successful tenure of Gloria Jacobs, who retired after having led the Feminist Press since 2006.


Baumgardner is a well-known feminist journalist, filmmaker, speaker, and writer. She has contributed to Glamour, The Nation, Harper’s Bazaar, and the New York Times, and is the author of six books, including Look Both Ways: Bisexual Politics (2007), Abortion & Life (2008), and F’em: Goo Goo, Gaga, and Some Thoughts On Balls (2011). Her first book, Manifesta: Young Women, Feminism, and the Future (2000), co-authored with Amy Richards, is a best-selling classic of Third Wave feminism. In 2002, she and Richards founded Soapbox: Speakers Who Speak Out, a leading feminist speakers’ bureau and the creator of Feminist Camp. Over the past fifteen years, Baumgardner has been the keynote speaker at more than 250 colleges and universities. From 2008–12, she was a writer in residence at The New School University. Her innovative approach to developing activist projects—such as her 2004 film I Had an Abortion, and her most recent 2012 documentary It Was Rape—has raised consciousness on college campuses around the country. Baumgardner’s deep ties to women’s and gender studies departments will strengthen the dynamic work of the Feminist Press in addressing the critical social justice issues of our time.

Born in 1970, the year the Feminist Press was founded, Baumgardner brings knowledge of the profound changes wrought by Second Wave feminism, experience analyzing the feminism of her generation, and respect and support for the countless younger feminists who are contributing to the current feminist movement. The board of directors looks forward to working with Baumgardner in the years to come and is excited about the new energy she brings to the Feminist Press to continue its mission of publishing revolutionary books and ideas.

For media inquiries contact Elizabeth Koke: ekoke@gc.cuny.edu, (212) 817-7928

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