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Feb. 23, 2005

Guidebook For Feminist Activism Spotlighted On WSUI March 7

The "Live from Prairie Lights" series, hosted by Julie Englander on University of Iowa Radio station WSUI, AM 910, will feature Jennifer Baumgardner (far left) and Amy Richards with their new book, "Grassroots: A Field Guide for Feminist Activism," at 8 p.m. Monday, March 7. The program will simulcast on the Internet at http://wsui.uiowa.edu.

The free reading will take place at the Prairie Lights bookstore, at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City.

A Publishers Weekly preview summarized, "In this unquestionably useful, undoubtedly feel-good guide to feminist activism, the authors of 'Manifesta' reveal how women can effect change without being highly experienced (suburban teenagers and investment bankers can do it), morally irreproachable (one can protest Nike's labor practices and still wear its shoes) or dull and unfashionable ('Legally Blonde's' Elle Woods is an activist -- albeit a fictional one) . . . the authors' warm, encouraging tone and examples of everyday people doing good -- themselves included -- are inspiring."

Katha Pollit wrote, "Have you ever wanted to make a difference but didn't know how? 'Grassroots' is the book you've been waiting for. Using examples drawn from progressive and feminist campaigns all over the country, veteran activists Jennifer Baumgardner and Amy Richards explain how to organize your friends, your community, and most important, yourself."

Baumgardner and Richards, the co-authors of "Manifesta: Young Women, Feminism, and the Future," are the co-founders of the progressive speakers' bureau Soapbox.

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STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Arts Center Relations, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 351, Iowa City, IA 52242-2500.

MEDIA CONTACT: Winston Barclay, 319-384-0073, winston-barclay@uiowa.edu