Manifesta [10th Anniversary Edition] Young Women, Feminism, and the Future

Jennifer Baumgardner and Amy Richards

Farrar, Straus and Giroux



Trade Paperback

464 Pages



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In the year 2000, girl culture was clearly ascendant. Lilith Fair, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and the WNBA all seemed to indicate that female pride was the order of the day. Yet feminism was also at a crossroads; "girl power" feminists were obsessed with personal empowerment at the expense of politics, while political institutions such as Ms. and NOW had lost their ability to speak to a new generation. In Manifesta, Jennifer Baumgardner and Amy Richards brilliantly revealed the snags in each feminist hub, all the while proving that these snags had not imperiled the future of the feminist cause. The book went on to inspire a new generation of female readers, and has become a classic of contemporary feminist literature.

In the decade since Manifesta was published, the world has changed in ways both promising and disheartening for the feminist cause. Despite major strides forward, the wage gap remains vast; many feminist publications have died; shame around abortion has lingered and '90s-style anti-abortion terrorism has reemerged. Many of the points first raised so bravely in Manifesta remain urgent-namely, why it remains critical for today's young women to focus on gender.

Deftly applying Third Wave confidence to Second Wave consciousness, Baumgardner and Richards offer a perceptive indictment from within of the state of feminism-and an incendiary call to arms. They show the vibrance from which the movement has evolved, detail important goals-ones that have been achieved and ones still on the horizon-and spell out what a world with true equality would be like.

This tenth anniversary edition of Manifesta, complete with updated back matter, commentary from the authors, and a provocative new preface, shows why the issues first raised by Baumgardner and Richards remain as timely as ever.


Praise for Manifesta [10th Anniversary Edition]

"Manifesta is a breath of fresh air. At last, Gen X takes on feminism and revamps a feminist manifesto for a new era. A jolt, a resource, a timeline, and a challenge, Manifesta is readable, well-informed, and necessary to any young woman-or man-who craves gender equality."-Naomi Wolf

"[The authors] have sorted out the fruits of this wave of feminism-intended and unintended, media mess and truth-for a new generation. With wit and honesty, Manifesta shows us the building blocks of the future of this longest revolution."-Gloria Steinem

"Great news from the front-feminism lives! Bold, independent, generous, and cautionary, Manifesta leaves no doubt that for a new generation of women the F-word is not only speakable but shoutable and singable. To learn the tune and catch the beat, read this book."-Alix Kates Shulman

"Manifesta is another step toward the empowerment of women. If caring about women matters, this book matters."-Andrea Dworkin

"A reasoned and passionate call to action and an exciting how-to guide for both burgeoning and seasoned Third Wave feminists. Recommended for all high school [and] college [libraries]"-Eleanor J. Bader, Library Journal

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MANIFESTA [10th Anniversary Edition]

A Day Without Feminism
We were both born in 1970, the baptismal moment of a decade that would change dramatically the lives of American women. The two of us grew up thousands...

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  • Jennifer Baumgardner and Amy Richards

  • Jennifer Baumgardner and Amy Richards are the coauthors of Manifesta and Grassroots and the owners of the feminist speaker's bureau, Soapbox Inc.: Speakers Who Speak Out. Jennifer is the author of Look Both Ways and Abortion & Life; Amy is the author of Opting In: Having A Child Without Losing Yourself. Both live in New York City.

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