BSW student Kalley Thurner shares highlights of Feminist Bootcamp

April 12, 2017

For full article and pictures, see page 16 of the Luann Dummer Center for Women's Spring 2017 Many Voices newsletter»

Kalley Thurner
Social Work Major, Women’s Studies Minor, Class of 2018

Attending this January’s Feminist Camp in New York City was an unforgettable experience! The camp consisted of 18 young women from all around the United States. The week was led by the outstanding women of the Soapbox Foundation that included authors Amy Richards and Jennifer Baumgardner.

Each of the five days of camp centered around a different theme of feminist issues. On the first day we studied feminist philanthropy by meeting with folks from the NoVo Foundation for young black girls as well as the Third Wave Foundation. The theme of day two was reproductive justice. A personal highlight from this day was visiting the radically-known Spence-Chapin Adoption Center, where there is a huge emphasis on birth-parent rights. On the third day of camp, “Career Day,” we visited The Daily Muse and then broke off into mini-internships. My internship included visiting playwright Katie Cappiello, who has created groundbreaking pieces of theater such as “SLUT: The Play” and “Now That We’re Men.” On the fourth day of camp, we visited feminists who are in the STEM field. It was quite a privilege to meet with Reshma Saujani, the CEO of Girls Who Code. The theme for the final day of camp was Law and Justice. We visited Judge Toko Serita’s courtroom in Queens. Judge Serita specializes in cases of sex trafficking, and is well-known for her approach of decriminalizing victims who have prostitution charges. Overall, I have never been more excited about pursuing a career in social justice than having spent a week immersed in such a motivated group of young women!