This weekend I’m celebrating the first year of founding and blogging at Feminist Teacher. When I created this blog, my goal was to carve out a space to share my work as a feminist high school teacher and for fellow feminist educators to find a space to talk about the role of feminism in schools. As part of celebrating my first year blogging, I’m taking a look back at 2010 and my work as a feminist educator-activist:
- In February, a little over a month after Feminist Teacher debuted, Courtney Martin first wrote about my blog at Feministing followed by Anna North at Jezebel. Both featured my top post of the year: A Letter to Obama: A Call for Teaching Feminism in High School Classrooms.
- Later that spring, I interviewed Rachel Maddow for the Women’s Media Center just minutes before she delivered the Commencement speech at my alma mater, Smith College.
- My anger about Arizona’s racist climate reaches a new level when a mural featuring children of color is “whitened.” That June, I wrote a piece at the Huffington Post directed at Miller Valley Elementary School principal Jeff Lane.
- Over the summer, the National Women’s Studies Association as well as Middlebury College pick up my post about 2008 Middlebury alum, Morgane Richardson, and her work collecting the stories of young women of color at elite liberal arts colleges.
- Two blogs run by women of color featured my work in August: I wrote a short memoir piece on finding my Latina feminism for Veronica Arreola’s Summer of Feminista series and I was named blogger of the week by Michelle Fitzhugh-Craig at SHADES magazine.
- To kick off the school year in September, I wrote my first Ms. magazine blog post for bell hooks week, honoring how hooks’s important book Teaching to Transgress influenced my own teaching.
- As part of my board work with the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice, I participated in a pivotal lesbian feminist convening in Guatemala organized by ConMujeres in early October. To mark the event, I wrote a post at Feministing about meeting fellow Latina queer women activists from throughout Latin America and the U.S.
- In October, Feministing’s Courtney Martin gave a great shout to commentary I made in a video created by the Women’s Media Center about the sexualization of girls in the media. The video was later shown at the SPARK Summit at Hunter College:
- In late October, Chloe Angyal interviewed me for their terrific Feministing Five series.
- In addition to blogging at Feminist Teacher, I also started blogging at Care2, which covers progressive causes. My latest post features Eliza Byard’s anti-bullying efforts as the Executive Director of GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian, Straight Educators Network). I know of no other leader in the anti-bullying movement who works harder or is more respected than Byard. My other posts for Care2 are here.
It’s been quite a year of speaking out on behalf of young feminists (both girls and guys), queer youth, and students of color. I’ll certainly keep doing this work as I now embark on a six-month Fulbright journey to Mexico interviewing young women about their experience of gender and sexuality in Mexico City’s high schools. Watch out for posts documenting my experience in the coming weeks.
Until then, keep fighting the good fight as feminist educators in this new year. As we head back to our classrooms this January, I’m reminded of what Arundhati Roy states, “Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing.” Let’s bring in that new world together with our students starting now.