The title of Flavia Dzodan’s famous 2011 essay, ‘My Feminism Will Be Intersectional Or It Will Be Bullshit’ has been a rallying cry, the centre of modern feminist debate, and now, a catchphrase that has been appropriated and commodified across the Internet while its author struggles to earn a living. At its heart, it remains a touchstone for modern feminists to challenge the focuses of previous generations of feminism. The Believer Associate Editor Zinzi Clemmons, Black Comedy co-writer and star Nakkiah Lui, TechLadyMafia co-founder Aminatou Sow and Sour Heart author Jenny Zhang speak with Jamila Rizvi about modern feminism.
Zinzi Clemmons (International)
Zinzi Clemmons was raised in Philadelphia by a South African mother and an American father. She serves as Associate Editor at The Believer and as a Contributing Editor to Literary Hub. What We Lose, her first novel, is a finalist for the the Carnegie Medal, the Aspen Words Literary Prize, and the National Book Critics' Circle John Leonard Prize. She is a 2017 National Book Award 5 Under 35 Honoree. Zinzi teaches creative writing at Occidental College, and is a Visiting Writer at Pitzer College.
Aminatou Sow (International)
Aminatou Sow is founder of Tech LadyMafia, a group that increases opportunities for women in Tech and the co-host of Call Your Girlfriend, a podcast that tackles the intricacies of pop culture and the latest in politics every single week. A digital strategist and writer, she was named one of Forbes 30 Under 30 in Tech. She is also a member of the Sundance Institute Director's Advisory Group and previously led Social Impact Marketing at Google. She lives in Brooklyn.
Nakkiah Lui (Australian)
Nakkiah Lui is the co-writer and star of Black Comedy, and co-host of the podcast Pretty for an Aboriginal. She has been a playwright-in-residence for Sydney's Belvoir Theatre and artist-in-residence for the Griffin Theatre. Most recently Nakkiah has appeared as a regular guest on Screen Time on ABC and her new six-part comedy series, Kiki & Kitty, premiered on ABC in 2017. She is a Gamilaroi/Torres Strait Islander woman, and a leader in the Australian Aboriginal community.
Jenny Zhang (International)
Jenny Zhang is the author of the short story collection Sour Heart, the poetry collection Dear Jenny, We Are All Find, and the e-book, The Selected Jenny Zhang. Her writing has appeared in the PNew York Times, N+1, Harper's, Poetry, New York Magazine and elsewhere. Her essay, "How It Feels" was nominated for a National Magazine award. She holds degrees from Stanford University and the Iowa Writers' Workshop. She was born in Shanghai and grew up in New York City, where she currently resides.
Jamila Rizvi (Australian)
Jamila is a writer, presenter and commentator. She writes a weekly political column for News Limited and appears regularly on Channel 10, ABC and SBS. She was previously editor-in-chief of the Mamamia Women's Network and prior to entering the media, she worked for the Rudd and Gillard Governments. Jamila's first book is Not Just Lucky, a career manifesto for millennial women. It will be published in 2017.