The contemporary tactics of millennial feminists who are part of an active movement for social change.
In 2014, after a young man murdered six students at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and then killed himself, the news provoked an eye-opening surge of feminist activism. Fueled by the wide circulation of the killer’s hateful manifesto and his desire to exact “revenge” upon young women, feminists online and offline around the world clamored for a halt to such acts of misogyny. Despite the widespread belief that feminism is out-of-style or dead, this mobilization of young women fighting against gender oppression was overwhelming.
In Finding Feminism, Alison Dahl Crossley analyzes feminist activists at three different U.S. colleges, revealing that feminism is alive on campuses, but is complex, nuanced, and context-dependent. Young feminists are carrying the torch of the movement, despite a climate that is not always receptive to their claims. These feminists engaged in social justice organizing in unexpected contexts and spaces, such as multicultural sororities, student government, and online.
Sharing personal stories of their everyday experiences with inequality, the young women in Finding Feminism employ both traditional and innovative feminist tactics. They use the Internet and social media as a tool for their activism—what Alison Dahl Crossley calls ‘Facebook Feminism.’ The university, as an institution, simultaneously aids and constrains their fight for gender equality.
Offering a stunning and hopeful portrait of today’s young feminist leaders, Finding Feminism provides insight into the contemporary feminist movement in America.
"Finally, we have a book that takes an inside look at the importance of feminism to today’s college women. Drawing on the stories of college women’s participation in feminist activism in three different regions of the U.S., Finding Feminism shatters the popular myth that feminism is no longer a significant force in the lives of younger women. Impeccably researched, analytically astute, and provocatively written, Crossley’s book paints a rich portrait of the myriad forms of feminist activism that college women are using to transform identities, communities, and the gender codes of society. Its findings provide insight into current state of feminism and the social movement processes that explain its persistence."-Verta Taylor,coauthor of Survival in the Doldrums and the Oxford Handbook of Women’s Activism
Alison Dahl Crossley is the Associate Director of the Clayman Institute for Gender Research at Stanford University. She received her PhD in Sociology with an emphasis in Feminist Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara.