Jamia Wilson is many things: An activist. A feminist. A storyteller. A mediamaker. But more than anything, she is a natural-born thought leader. As the Executive Director and Publisher of Feminist Press at the City University of New York, former Executive Director of Women, Action and the Media (WAM!), an organization committed to achieving gender justice in the media, former Executive Director of YTH, the former TED Prize Storyteller, and former President of Programs at The Women’s Media Center, Jamia has been a powerful force in the social justice movement for nearly a decade.
As a leading voice on feminist and women’s rights issues, her work and words have appeared in and on several outlets such as New York Magazine, The Guardian, Elle, Teen Vogue, CNN, BBC, The Today Show, and The Washington Post. She’s also a staff writer for Rookie Magazine and has contributed to several books such as Madonna and Me: Women Writers on the Queen of Pop, and I Still Believe Anita Hill. But what we’re most excited about is her own book that she’s currently writing about Beyonce and feminism. (Yes, really.) It’s no surprise she was named in Refinery29’s “17 Faces of the Future of Feminism.”
It may be true that Jamia has spoken alongside feminist greats like Gloria Steinem and Jane Fonda, but we think they’re also lucky to have been alongside her. A true next generation leader, she has graced the stage at events such as TED Women, Netroots Nation, and Facing Race, and travels across the U.S. and beyond to college campuses to talk about race, feminism, spirituality, leadership, and so much more.
If we don't define who we are and what we're about, someone else will.
Whenever fear attempts to silence me with its death grip, I remember that courage is contagious, that my ancestors fought and died to protect my voice, and that the words of bold women I admired growing up inspired me to speak up, shine bright, and take up space.