Summer camp is the quintessential summer experience for many, but at this Manhattan-based camp, there isn’t a campfire or s’more in sight. This is Feminist Camp.
Created by Amy Richards and Jennifer Baumgardner, the co-authors of Manifesta: Young Women, Feminism and the Future, Feminist Camp aims to teach girls what being a feminist really means. Young women can expect to “hone their leadership skills, meet inspiring activists, and tackle the real issues that impact their lives.” Sounds rad!
There are camps for different ages: Feminist Day Camp is for rising high school juniors and seniors, took place for the first time this year during the last week of June. Meanwhile, Feminist Camp has existed for the past few years for college students and recent grads. At both camps, young women learn about different themes as they pertain to feminist activism, such as media or reproductive rights. Recently, the young women saw “Ann,” a play by Holland Taylor about the former Texas governor Ann Richards, and visited the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Museum.
Feminist Day Camp basically sounds awesome … even if there aren’t any s’mores.
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