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Ms.@ 40 and the Future of Feminism: A panel discussion with Feminist Editors, Journalists and Bloggers


Join us for an engaging conversation with six women who have helped define feminist journalism over the past 40 years:

  • Marcia Ann Gillespie, former Editor-in-Chief of Ms. and of Essence
  • Shelby Knox, feminist blogger, activist, and subject of the documentary, “The Education of Shelby Knox”
  • Katherine Spillar, Executive Editor, Ms. magazine
  • Suzanne Braun Levine, writer, editor, and first editor of Ms.
  • Miriam Pérez, feminist blogger and reproductive justice activist
  • Helen Zia, former Executive Editor and Advisory Board Member of Ms.

The panel will be moderated by Stanford Professor Estelle B. Freedman.


  • Marcia Ann Gillespie headshot
    • Former Editor-in-Chief of Ms. Magazine and Essence
    • Gender and Race Activist
    Marcia Ann Gillespie is a trailblazer in the magazine industry, a leader in the women's movement, and an activist for gender and racial justice. A provocative writer and thinker, she has been a consistent voice in affirming the human potential for good, challenging inequality, and pushing herself and others to hope, dare and strive for a better world. She is the author of Maya Angelou: A Glorious Celebration, an...
  • Shelby Knox
    • Feminist Blogger and Activist
    Shelby is critical voice for the next generation of feminist activism. She is nationally known as the subject of the Sundance award-winning film, The Education of Shelby Knox, a 2005 documentary chronicling her teenage activism for comprehensive sex education and gay rights in her Southern Baptist community. Shelby travels across the country as an itinerant feminist organizer, doing trainings, workshops and civil...
  • Kathy Spillar headshot
    • Executive Editor of Ms. Magazine
    • Executive Vice President of the Feminist Majority Foundation
    Katherine Spillar is the Executive Vice President of the Feminist Majority Foundation (FMF) and Feminist Majority. One of the founders, Spillar has been a driving force in executing the Feminist Majority Foundation’s diverse programs that work to secure women’s rights, including the Campaign to Stop Gender Apartheid in Afghanistan, the National Clinic Access Project, the National Center for Women & Policing, and the...
  • Suzanne Braun Levine
    • Writer, Editor, Lecturer, Blogger, and Activist
    Suzanne Braun Levine is a writer, editor and nationally recognized authority on women and family issues, and media. She chronicled and fostered change in women’s lives as the first editor of Ms. magazine (1972-1988), the first woman editor of the prestigious Columbia Journalism Review and today as a frequent blogger and contributing editor of More magazine. Her reflection on her years at Ms. was recently published, as...
  • Miriam Zoila Pérez
    • Writer, Consultant, Blogger, Activist
    Miriam Zoila Pérez has been working in the reproductive justice movement for over seven years, both online and off, including more than four years working with the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health (NLIRH). She works as a consultant for NLIRH and other social justice non-profits. She is the founder of Radical Doula, a blog that covers the intersections of birth activism and social justice from a doula’s...
  • Helen Zia headshot
    • Former Executive Editor of Ms. Magazine
    • Writer, Journalist
    Helen Zia is an award-winning journalist and scholar who has covered Asian American communities and social and political movements for decades. She is the author of Asian American Dreams: The Emergence of an American People, a finalist for the prestigious Kiriyama Pacific Rim Book Prize. Zia is the former Executive Editor of Ms. Magazine. Her articles, essays and reviews have appeared in numerous publications, books and...
  • Estelle Freedman headshot
    • Edgar E. Robinson Professor in U.S. History
    • Clayman Institute Faculty Research Fellow, 2010-2011
    Estelle Freedman is a US historian specializing in women's history and feminist studies. She earned her Ph.D. and M.A. degrees in history from Columbia University and her B.A in history from Barnard College. She has taught at Stanford University since 1976 and co-founded the Program in Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Her contributions to teaching have earned the Dinkelspiel Award for Outstanding Service to...