"Rebel Girls: Youth Activism & Social Change Across the Americas" | Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies
University of Pittsburgh

"Rebel Girls: Youth Activism & Social Change Across the Americas"

March 23, 2012 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
Jessica Taft (Sociology, Davidson College)

From anti-war walkouts to anarchist youth newspapers, rallies against educational privatization, and workshops on fair trade, teenage girls are active participants and leaders in a variety of social movements.  Drawing on interviews and participant observation with teenage girl activists in 5 cities in North and South America, Jessica Taft's research illuminates the experiences and perspectives of these uniquely positioned agents of social change.  This talk centers on the stories of 5 different girls, one from each city, in order to illuminate a few of the dynamics and dimensions of girl activists' identity narratives and political strategies.

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