Oct 24, 2008    #102
Contact: Laura Pate Byerley

Four well-known feminists spur discussion Intergenerational feminism discussion set for Nov. 13

In honor of Ruth Margolin – the founding director of the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) Women’s Center – the Women’s Center and the Kansas City Public Library are hosting Women, Girls, Ladies: a Panel on Intergenerational Feminism. The Thursday, Nov. 13 event will begin with a 6 p.m. wine and cheese reception in the Truman Forum Auditorium at the Plaza Library, 4801 Main Street. From 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., Kristal Brent Zook, Gloria Feldt, Courtney E. Martin and Maria Teresa Petersen will host the panel discussion, question and answer session and book signing.

The panel – which represents women from pre-baby boomer decades to Generation Y – will discuss how feminism differs among generations. Despite these differences, the panel also will discuss common goals such as power, work, sex, motherhood, pop culture and the future.

Authors Deborah Siegel and Courtney E. Martin decided to create the Women, Girls, Ladies panel after discussing Siegel’s book – “Sisterhood, Interrupted: From Radical Women to Grrls Gone Wild.”

“One of the main themes is that the news media too often frames women disagreeing as a catfight. We wondered, ‘Why aren't we framing these discussions ourselves?’ And the panel was born...” Martin said.

Panelist and author Gloria Feldt said she hopes to share her story with younger women and model communication across the generations.

“Come and discuss with us!” Feldt said. “We have been inspired by these conversations and look forward to being at UMKC.”

The event is free, but reservations are required. Order tickets online at, call UMKC’s Central Ticket Office at 816-235-6222 or call the Kansas City Public Library at 816-701-3407.

The University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), one of four University of Missouri campuses, is a public university serving more than 14,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students. Celebrating 75 years, UMKC engages with the community and economy based on a four-part mission: life and health sciences; visual and performing arts; urban issues and education; and a vibrant learning and campus life experience.

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This information is available to people with speech or hearing impairments by calling Relay Missouri at (800) 735-2966 (TT) or (800) 735-2466 (voice).

Speaker Biographies:

Kristal Brent Zook is an award-winning journalist and associate professor of journalism at Hofstra University. Zook speaks regularly on popular culture and gender, multiracial identity and blackness as well as social justice issues involving health, the environment and criminal justice. Her work has appeared in “Essence,” “The New York Times Sunday Magazine,” “The Washington Post,” “USA Weekend,” “Vibe,” “Savoy” and “The Nation.” The author of three books, her latest is “I See Black People: The Rise and Fall of African American-Owned Television and Radio.” Read about her most recent work at

Gloria Feldt is an author, commentator and speaker. Feldt is an expert in women’s rights, health, politics, media and leadership. As a former teen mother, Feldt’s passion for reproductive justice led her to a 30-year-career with Planned Parenthood Federation of America. From 1996 to 2005, Feldt served as Planned Parenthood’s national president and CEO. Her work has appeared in “The New York Times,” “Boston Globe,” “USA Today,” “Elle” and “The Huffington Post.” Along with Kathleen Turner, Feldt co-authored “Send Yourself Roses: Thoughts on Life, Love, and Leading Roles.” Read more at

Courtney E. Martin is a journalist, filmmaker and adjunct professor of Women’s Studies at Hunter College. She has written for “Bust,” “Bitch,” “Newsweek,” “The New York Times” and “The Village Voice.” Her recently-released book – “Perfect Girls, Starving Daughters: The Frightening New Normalcy of Hating Your Body” – was called a “hard cover punch in the gut” by Arianna Huffington and “a smart and spirited rant that makes for thought-provoking reading” by “The New York Times.” Learn more about Martin’s work at

María Teresa Petersen is the founding executive director of Voto Latino, a youth organization that is engaging the next generation of American’s in civic involvement. Under Petersen’s leadership, Voto Latino launched the first-ever national mobile texting campaign to register voters in 2006. “Hispanic Magazine" named her among the top Latinas in Government in Politics. Prior to Voto Latino, Maria Teresa founded Petersen Advisory and served as a political consultant to the following clients: Bayer Pharmaceuticals, National Latino Council of Alcohol and Tobacco Prevention, Mickey Ibarra & Associates and AT&T.


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