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Amy Richards, a graduate of Barnard College, works as a writer, consultant, producer and activist. Most recently Amy was a producer on the HBO documentary Gloria Steinem: In Her Own Words and is consultant on a forthcoming PBS documentary, Makers,…Full Bio Below »
Amy Richards, a graduate of Barnard College, works as a writer, consultant, producer and activist. Most recently Amy was a producer on the HBO documentary Gloria Steinem: In Her Own Words and is consultant on a forthcoming PBS documentary, Makers, on the women’s movement in America. Amy was also a convener of the October, 2011 conference honoring Anita Hill and she is now editing an anthology based on that historical gathering (to be published by The Feminist Press). Amy is the author of several award winning books, including Opting In: Having a Child Without Losing Yourself, Manifesta: Young Women, Feminism and the Future and Grassroots:A Field Guide to Feminist Activism. Her other writing has appeared in The Nation, The LA Times, The Atlantic and numerous anthologies, including Listen Up, Click, and Catching A Wave.
Amy is the president of Soapbox: Speakers Who Speak Out, which bills itself as the source of feminism today. At Soapbox, Amy books speakers to speak on college campuses and hosts the wildly successful Feminist Boot Camp. She has also spent time at The Domino Project at a vice president, helping Amazon.com to launch an in house publishing imprint.
In her writings and media appearances, Amy has tackled issues ranging from plastic surgery and shopping in New York City to abortion politics and sexual harassment. Amy is a sought after media pundit -- asked to comment on the state of feminism, the woman's vote in the upcoming election and the future of abortion in America.
The co-founder of the Third Wave Foundation, a national organization for young feminist activists, Amy still spends much of her time consulting for various social justice organizations from Scenarios USA to Sadie Nash Girls Leadership Program. Her experience makes her a sought after resource for emerging organizations. She has won numerous awards for her activism, including being named one of 21 Leaders for the 21st Century from both Women's E-News and Ms. magazine. She is a long-time consultant to Gloria Steinem and she is also the voice of Ask Amy, an advice column on feminist.com where she has fielded thousands of inquiries since 1996.