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April 24, 2024

The Global Future of Feminism

Event Series: Ways Forward in a Divided World

Showing the The Global Future of Feminism Video

Women’s equality is still a distant prospect worldwide. The rhetoric of equality too often goes hand in hand with political, economic, and social discrimination and gender-based violence. Over the past decade, the U.S.-based Lean In and #MeToo movements have generated productive discussions about gender equity. Verónica Gago is one of the leaders of new feminist internationalism, with a broad and deep agenda which addresses the structural forces—financial, economic, and political—that threaten the progress of gender justice around the world.

What are the different dimensions of global gender inequality, and how are they related? What are the prospects for effective transnational collective action and effective policy change? How strong is the global backlash against feminism, and how might it be overcome? Verónica Gago and Nesrine Malik explored these questions in a conversation moderated by Jennifer Szalai.

This event was part of the Georgetown Global Dialogues, which featured leading intellectuals from the Global South in forward-looking conversations with U.S.-based thinkers across a range of topics. It was co-sponsored by the Gender+ Justice Initiative, Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security, and Women's and Gender Studies Program at Georgetown University.


Headshot of Verónica Gago.

Verónica Gago

Verónica Gago, a professor of social sciences at the University of Buenos Aires and the National University of San Martín, is a prominent political theorist and activist working on issues of feminism and the global political economy. Her most recent books include A Feminist Reading of Debt (2021, with Luci Cavallero), Feminist International (2020), and Neoliberalism from Below: Popular Pragmatics and Baroque Economies 2017). She is also a leader in Argentina’s #NiUnaMenos (Not One Women Less) movement as both a theorist and an activist.

Headshot of Nesrine Malik.

Nesrine Malik

Nesrine Malik is an acclaimed British Sudanese author and journalist known for her wide-ranging commentary on issues of race, identity, politics, and international affairs. She is the author of We Need New Stories: Challenging the Toxic Myths Behind Our Age of Discontent (2019) and has columns in leading outlets including The GuardianThe New York Times, and The Washington Post that address topics ranging from Islamophobia and feminism to African politics, with deep insights into the ways colonial and postcolonial legacies shape our contemporary world. Malik received the 2021 Robert B. Silvers Prize for Journalism.

Headshot of Jennifer Szalai.

Jennifer Szalai

Jennifer Szalai has been the nonfiction critic for the New York Times since 2018. She was previously an editor at the New York Times Book Review, assigning reviews of both fiction and nonfiction. She has written for various publications, including Harper’s Magazine, the Economist, and the London Review of Books. Before joining the New York Times in 2012, she was a senior editor at Harper’s, where she was in charge of the reviews section. She has degrees from the University of Toronto and the London School of Economics.