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Feminism Today

Feminism Today with Dr. Sophia N. Johnson is a 30-minute weekly public affairs series, which launched November 2021 on FSTV.  The new series features rich and nuanced conversations with remarkable women and men, as seen in the creative ways they advocate for women’s rights. Feminism Today is a collaboration between Free Speech TV - which is owned and operated by Public Communications, Inc., a 501 (c)  3 non-profit, tax-exempt organization - and Sophia N. Johnson, LLC.  For FSTV, Jon Stout is the executive in charge. Watch Feminism Today every Wednesday at 6 pm ET/3 pm PT.

Full Episodes

Explainer: What Political Upheaval in Pakistan Means for Rest of the World

Pakistan plunged into a political crisis after the Prime Minister Imran Khan dissolved parliament ahead of a vote on a no-confidence motion in which he was widely expected to lose. The stand-off has thrown the country of 220 million people into a full-blown constitutional crisis; both fueling anger among the opposition; and deepening concerns about economic and political stability in Islamabad. We speak with Amber Rahim Shamsi Director of the Centre of Excellence in Journalism at the Institute of Business Administration in Karachi about what this means for the rest of the world.

A Conversation with Florida Rep. Anna Eskamani

Since Anna Eskamani was elected Representative for the 47th District in Orlando in 2018 - she has been on the frontlines and in the headlines, championing a progressive agenda for economic justice, pushing forward clean energy while pushing back against polluters, and advocating for expanding funding for public school education. Representative Eskamani joins #FeminismToday from her office in Orlando to talk about her progressive agenda, and how she is fighting to protect her constituents against conservative laws such as reproductive rights restrictions and the Don’t Say Gay laws in Florida.

Conflict in Ukraine

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has shaken the geopolitical foundations of Europe and triggered a reassessment of transatlantic security. Dr. Jaclyn Kerr offers background and real-time analysis as the war unfolds. #Joinus

Understanding Unconscious Bias

Lisa Colon, a construction attorney & partner of the Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr law firm, joins us to explore the various types of unconscious bias and prejudice people hold& how that influences the language used in negotiating construction deals.

India's #fashionrevolution

India's sustainable fashion revolution is underway and at the forefront of this movement is RangSutra - a company owned by a community of over two-thousand artisans across rural India. This brand is breaking boundaries and creating new norms by supporting "Women as Change Agents, and identifying ways in which the broader textile, clothing and fashion industry can move towards a holistic commitment to climate action. #JoinUs

Iconic Women & Pop Culture

At 50, Michelle Vella used Instagram to become a full time artist. The Toronto-based pop artist joins us this week to talk about iconic women in pop culture, and the success of signature Wide Big Eye portraits on the New York fashion scene.

What's Behind Puerto Rico's Protests?

This week we take a closer look at the recent protestsåby teachers and public workers demanding higher wages and better pensions in Puerto Rico. Our guest, Fernando Tormos-Aponte, Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Political Science at University of Maryland Baltimore County, says this wave of activism has brought new energies to feminist social struggles, with a racial and anti-capitalist lens, and inspired a new vision for a more fair and just future for the U.S. island territory.

Do Universities Want to Be Equal or Elite?

Should elite higher education institutions end favorable admissions practices for children of alumni? What is critical race theory, and why is everyone talking about it? Do universities want to be equal or elite? These questions are part of the confluence of ideas decision makers are grappling with in the field of higher education. Monroe France, Senior Associate Vice President for Global Engagement & Inclusive Leadership joins us this week.

Representation In Entertainment

A new report from USC's Annenberg Inclusion Initiative found that Asian and Pacific Islanders accounted for less than 6 percent of speaking roles and less than 4 percent of leads and co-leads in Hollywood films. The report’s key findings show that Hollywood is failing to meaningfully represent API while at the same time continues to peddle harmful stereotypes of the community. Michelle Sugihara is the Executive Director of the Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment (CAPE). She joins #FeminismToday to share CAPE’s vision to advance representation, and the new wave of activism inspiring films, and uplifting the voices of women and non-binary talent in Hollywood.

Art + Feminism + Digital Technology

This week we are celebrating the 50th anniversary of the feminist art movement with Judith K. Brodsky author of Dismantling Patriarchy, Bit By Bit: Art Feminisn, and Digital Technology., & world-renowned interdisciplinary artist Grimanesa Amorós.

Wealth Gap + Income Inequality + Cryptocurrency Explained

Income inequality is a key issue affecting the economic security of women but even if we close the pay gap, a huge wealth gap persists. Dr. Tania Reif, Senda Digital Assets, talks about how cryptocurrency is changing the financial landscape.

The Fight To Stop Anti-Asian Hate and For Fair Representation

At the signing of the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act last spring, President Joe Biden called attention to the lack of reliable data on hate crimes Phi Nguyễn joins Feminism Today to discuss the scope of the issue — and the tools needed to address it.

We Are Not Here to Be Bystanders

Linda Sarsour is one of the most recognized activists in the nation. In her new book, We Are Not Here to Be Bystanders , she talks about what it means to be a working mother in this century, and through decades of fighting for racial, economic, gender and social justice.

On Girlhood

It's been 25 years since literary titan Toni Morrison became the first and only black woman to receive a Nobel Prize in Literature, and 35 years since Alice Walker became the first black woman to receive the 1983 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for The Color Purple. Many top literary prizes nominate black women, but few of those women have actually won awards, and Glory Edim wants to change that. She’s published a new book, an anthology of legendary Black authors titled, “On-Girlhood: 15 Stories from the Well-Read Black Girl Library.

Feminism Today-The Shadow Pandemic

A landmark report published by the World Health Organization widespread reports of a ""shadow pandemic"" A surge in violence against women and girls around the world. Dr. Nimrat Kaur joins to discuss the ramifications and what we need to do about it.

Feminism Today- Women, Food & Faith

In the new Netflix Series, High on the Hog, Host and Food Writer, Stephen Satterfield traces the history and significance of African American cuisine in America. The show is based on a book of the same name, by award-winning historian and cookbook author Dr. Jessica B. Harris. The four-episode historical docu-series follows Satterfield as he travels to West Africa, and across the U.S. to bring audiences the stories of the black people who’ve shaped food culture, both past and present. For more on the importance of a show like High on the Hog, to spiritual health and nutrition, Sersie Blue and Gigi Carter; co-authors of “A Prayer for Your Health” and co-founders of Daniel Fast: A Bridge to Healthy Living join the show.

Migration Politics

One of humanity’s most urgent issues is the reduction of global poverty, in all its forms. It involves dividing this issue into smaller, more manageable questions. This week Charlotte McDonald-Gibson and Zahra Moulvi join to discuss the best ways to fight global poverty.

Feminism Today- Art Activism

Ângela Ferreira, one of Portugal’s most engaging contemporary artists, discusses the ongoing impact of colonialism and why she believes the aesthetic responses to African socialism relate to gender and social activism. #FeminismToday with Dr. Sophia N. Johnson is a 30-minute weekly public affairs series, which launched November 2021 on FSTV. The new series features rich and nuanced conversations with remarkable women and men, as seen in the creative ways they advocate for women’s rights. Feminism Today is a collaboration between Free Speech TV - which is owned and operated by Public Communications, Inc., a 501 (c) 3 non-profit, tax-exempt organization - and Sophia N. Johnson, LLC.

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