Feminista Jones is a social worker, in-demand feminist writer, and community activist currently residing in Philadelphia. She is an award-winning blogger and author of Push The Button and The Secret of Sugar Water. Her work centers Black American culture, critical race theory, intersectionality, women’s health and well-being (specifically in areas of mental and sexual health). Feminista’s writing has been featured in several publications, notably as a contributor and to the New York Times, The Washington Post, TIME, XO Jane, Salon, a columnist for EBONY, and a regular contributor to Essence and SheKnows.
Named one of the 100 Most Influential People in Philadelphia in 2017, Feminista is a highly sought-after speaker, organizer, lecturer, and consultant. She has been regularly featured on HuffPost Live,C-SPAN, and MSNBC. In 2013, Feminista was selected as a United Nations Foundation Fellow for her dynamic social media influence. In 2014, she launched a global anti-street harassment campaign (#YouOKSis) and a National Moment of Silence protesting police brutality (#NMOS14), both of which received international media attention. For this work, she was awarded the 2014 Black Weblog Award for Outstanding Online Activism and she was honored as one of the Top 100 Black Social Influencers by The Root.
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Feminista has presented and lectured at various conferences and universities including Princeton, Dartmouth, Cornell, Columbia, UC Berkeley, and The University of Pennsylvania. In 2015, she co-founded and served as General Director of the Women’s Freedom Conference, the first all-digital conference completely organized by and featuring only Women of Color. For her work, she was named one of SheKnows/BlogHer’s 2015 “Voices of the Year”.
Feminista’s latest work is as Director of Community Partnerships & Strategy at North10, Philadelphia, an organization invested in neighborhood revitalization and improving the outcomes of the lives of people residing in North Philadelphia. When she has time, Feminista also covers film and music centering Black artists for Essence.com, mentors young women, and most importantly, hugs and tickles her growing son.
Feminista is currently working on her first non-fiction book, to be published by Beacon Press in 2019, and continues to share her short stories and essays on Patreon.
Feminista is also a mom, a mentor to young girls and women, and an outspoken advocate for the homeless, people living in poverty, and those living with psychiatric disabilities.