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White Feminism: The History, the Ideology, and How to Course Correct With Koa Beck

October 1, 2021

Learn a working definition for the harmful practice of white feminism, its historical origins in the United States, and how this ideology continues to disadvantage poor, disabled, queer, and BIPOC/women and nonbinary people. Discover strategies for both identifying white feminism in real time and also combatting its principals.

Meet Koa Beck:
Koa Beck is the author of the acclaimed nonfiction book White Feminism: From the Suffragettes to Influencers and Who They Leave Behind (Simon & Schuster, January 2021), praised by feminist writers Gloria Steinem and Rebecca Traister. Previously, she was the editor-in-chief of Jezebel, the executive editor of Vogue.com, and the senior features editor at MarieClaire.com. Patrisse Khan-Cullors, the cofounder of Black Lives Matter, describes Koa’s work as “intellectually smart and emotionally intelligent” while the Boston Globe has deemed her “a perceptive cultural critic” and “a visionary.” Her reporting and analysis on gender, identity, race, and culture have been published in TheAtlantic.com, Out magazine, TIME, TheGuardian.com, The Globe and Mail, Esquire.com, among others. She has spoken at Harvard Law School, Columbia Journalism School, The New York Times, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, among other institutions. She has also been interviewed by the BBC for her insight into American feminism. In 2019, Koa was awarded the Joan Shorenstein Fellowship at the Harvard Kennedy School. She lives in Los Angeles with her wife.

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