Feminism in Practice
Communication Strategies for Making Change
Feminism in Practice uses feminism as a blueprint for exploring change strategies. It features twenty contemporary feminists from diverse arenas, including activists, comedians, musicians, politicians, poets, and showrunners. The women come to life through line drawings, brief biographies, extensive quotations, their definitions of feminism, and the change strategies they employ. Questions for reflection encourage readers to think through their own relationship to feminism and change.

Chapter 1 defines feminism, raising issues with the typical definition of feminism as the effort to achieve equality between women and men. It concludes with a description of over twenty types of feminism. Chapter 2 describes the triggering events, happening places, and key ideas of the four waves of feminism. The opening chapters provide a comprehensive understanding of the diversity and complexity of feminist movement.

The book is organized around five primary objectives that animate contemporary change efforts—proclaiming identity, naming a problem, enriching a system, changing a system, and creating an alternative system. Each objective is developed through theoretical assumptions and twelve change strategies that show it at work in feminist movement. Feminism in Practice also serves as a practical handbook that readers can use to experiment with the strategies and expand their toolkits for creating change in their lives and worlds.

The authors are uniquely qualified to explore issues of feminism and change. Karen Foss and Sonja Foss are second wave feminists who have written extensively on alternative change strategies, feminist communication, and feminist theory. Alena Ruggerio brings to the project the standpoint of a third wave feminist at home in pop culture. Her scholarship lies at the intersection of rhetoric, feminism, and religious studies.

To learn more about Feminism in Practice, listen to the authors’ October 2021 interview on The Jefferson Exchange.
Table of Contents
Part One: FEMINISM AS A BLUEPRINT FOR CHANGE
1. Making Meanings: Defining Feminism
2. Making Waves: A History of Feminism

Part Two: PROCLAIMING IDENTITY
3. Padma Lakshmi
4. Kat Blaque
5. Vilissa Thompson
6. Lizzo

Part Three: NAMING A PROBLEM
7. Nadya Okamoto
8. Jamie Margolia
9. Margaret Cho
10. Camille Paglia

Part Four: ENRICHING A SYSTEM
11. Shonda Rhimes
12. Jacinda Ardern
13. Joana Vasconcelos
14. Malala Yousafzai

Part Five: CHANGING A SYSTEM
15. Carrie Goldberg
16. Nadia Bolz-Weber
17. Serena Williams
18. Amanda Gorman

Part Six: CREATING AN ALTERNATIVE SYSTEM
19. Sara Ahmed
20. Leslie Kanes Weisman
21. Jennifer Armbrust
22. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Questions for Reflection