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BAM Book Jam


Wednesday, March 24 at 12 p.m. PT / 3 p.m. ET

At BAM, we believe stories move the world. We also believe that the most impactful stories are diverse stories. BAM Book Jam is an interactive book club series featuring conversations with diverse and innovative authors.

The BAM Book Jam will feature "White Feminism: From the Suffragettes to Influencers and Who They Leave Behind," a book written by Koa Beck, former editor-in-chief of Jezebel.

Join us for an engaging 1 hour discussion of why white feminism is not the way forward for liberating women, how other movements have paved the way, and why the catchphrase of “white feminism” needs a complete reframing.

 

THE AUTHOR

Meet Koa

Koa Beck is the former editor-in-chief of Jezebel and co-host of “The #MeToo Memos” on WNYC’s The Takeaway. Previously, she was the executive editor of Vogue.com and the senior features editor at MarieClaire.com.

For her reporting on gender, LGBTQ rights, culture, and race, 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 was awarded the Joan Shorenstein Fellowship at the Harvard Kennedy School, publishing an academic paper entitled “Self-Optimization in the Face of Patriarchy: How Mainstream Women’s Media Facilitates White Feminism.” Her book White Feminism: From the Suffragettes to Influencers and Who They Leave Behind from Simon & Schuster published in January 2021.

She lives in Los Angeles with her wife.

White Feminism: From the Suffragettes to Influencers and Who They Leave Behind

A timely and impassioned exploration of how our society has commodified feminism and continues to systemically shut out women of color—perfect for fans of White Fragility and Good and Mad.

Join the important conversation about race, empowerment, and inclusion in the United States with this powerful new feminist classic and rousing call for change. Koa Beck, writer and former editor-in-chief of Jezebel, boldly examines the history of feminism, from the true mission of the suffragettes to the rise of corporate feminism with clear-eyed scrutiny and meticulous detail. She also examines overlooked communities—including Native American, Muslim, transgender, and more—and their difficult and ongoing struggles for social change.

In these pages she meticulously documents how elitism and racial prejudice has driven the narrative of feminist discourse. She blends pop culture, primary historical research, and first-hand storytelling to show us how we have shut women out of the movement, and what we can do to course correct for a new generation—perfect for women of color looking for a more inclusive way to fight for women’s rights.

Combining a scholar’s understanding with hard data and razor-sharp cultural commentary, White Feminism is a witty, whip-smart, and profoundly eye-opening book that challenges long-accepted conventions and completely upends the way we understand the struggle for women’s equality.

For more information about White Feminism, visit KoaBeck.com, and purchase your copy of the book today. Furthermore, the book is read by the author and available on Audible.