Courtney Martin is a fresh voice for the reinvention of feminism. Join her for a not-to-miss talk at The Ellis School
when she addresses how advocacy and engagement can help girls find their own voices and pursue their dreams.
An author, journalist and blogger, Martin was raised by feminist parents in the age of Anita Hill and “Free to Be.” “It was a beautiful, horrible time,” she told a TEDx audience this year, fraught with confusing paradoxes.
“I often say that we were told we could be anything and we heard we had to be everything,” Martin told Pop City this week. “The mistranslation was in the modeling—our mothers are the most dynamic, powerful women we know, but they are also the most exhausted and self-sacrificing, sometimes even self-loathing.
“I think young women today are trying to continue the great legacy of expanded success that our mothers have created, but figure out how to integrate more wellness, more joy, less guilt. Not an easy task,” she adds.
Martin is the author of two books, "Perfect Girls, Starving Daughters"
and "Do It Anyway: The New Generation of Activists
and an unflinching and articulate social commentator, from her condemnation of beauty pageants to her encouragement of less-than-perfect mothers.
“If you don't want your daughter to grow up with a toxic definition of success based on perfection, achievement for its own sake, and appearance, then you have to model an alternative in your own lives, your own conversations, your own family practices and culture,” she says. “Do as I say, not as I do doesn't work.”
Come hear her for yourself. Martin will be at The Ellis School on Sept. 25th
beginning at 6:30 p.m. While the talk is free, reservations
Writer: Deb Smit
Source: Courtney Martin