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Emma Goldman with Noam Green

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Altered photograph picturing Emma Goldman with author Noam Green.
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Blaming Victims

I have an insane amount of respect for Susan Brownmiller. Trailblazer is truly the word to describe this journalist who became a civil rights and feminist activist. Her book, Against Our Will: Men, Women, and Rape, legitimately changed the public outlook on rape. 

SlutWalk Sign, 2015

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Sign from SlutWalk 2015 in Washington, D.C., one of the many SlutWalk rallies to raise awareness for the rights of rape victims.
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Sign from SlutWalk 2015 in Washington, D.C., one of the many SlutWalk rallies to raise awareness for the rights of rape victims.

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Kate Bornstein

Through performance art pieces like Kate Bornstein Is a Queer and Pleasant Danger and The Opposite Sex is Neither, Kate Bornstein questions society’s understanding of gender as a binary.

Goapele

Determined to have fuller control over her burgeoning music career, R&B singer Goapele Mohlabane formed her own independent music label, Skyblaze Recordings, in 2001.

Jamie Lee Curtis

Hailed as the “Scream Queen” for her 1978 film debut in Halloween and her work in other slasher films, Jamie Lee Curtis defied expectations through her roles in A Fish Called Wanda and The Heidi Chronicles.

Amy Schumer

On her award-winning sketch comedy show, Amy Schumer has used humor to call attention to feminist issues from ageism against women in Hollywood to the pervasiveness of rape culture.

Sarah Silverman

Comedian Sarah Silverman has used her raunchy and irreverent deadpan humor as much to raise awareness about issues like women’s health as to entertain.

Kate Bornstein, Seattle, 2010

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Kate Bornstein at Babeland in Seattle in 2010.
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Kate Bornstein at Babeland in Seattle in 2010.


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Goapele, 2015

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Goapele in Beverly Hills, California on June 25, 2015.
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Goapele in Beverly Hills, California on June 25, 2015.

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