Young Women, Feminism, and the Future

By Jennifer Baumgardner; Amy Richards

Farrar Straus Giroux, Paperback, 9780374532307, 418pp.

Publication Date: March 2, 2010


In the year 2000, girl culture was clearly ascendant. From Lilith Fair to "Buffy the Vampire Slayer "to the WNBA, it seemed 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's "still "critical for today's young women to focus on gender. 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.

About the Author
Along with Amy Richards, Jennifer Baumgardner authored "Manifesta: Young Women, Feminism, and the Future" (FSG, 2000) and "Grassroots" (FSG, 2005) and founded the progressive speakers' bureau Soapbox. Baumgardner is also the author of "Look Both Ways" (FSG, 2007), among other books.

As a cofounder of the Third Wave Foundation and the coauthor of "Manifesta "(FSG, 2000) and "Grassroots" (FSG, 2005), Amy Richards is one of the foremost leaders of the Third Wave feminist movement. Her writing and her organizing have made an indelible impact on the lives of young women. She is also the cofounder of the feminist speakers bureau Soapbox and the voice behind "Ask Amy," the online advice column she launched at She lives in New York City with her family.

Praise For Manifesta

"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 a 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."--Eleanor J. Bader, Library Journal