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Opening the Enclosures of the University

contemplative study + feminist leadership training

Feminism School exists to change the narratives on gender—and to support the visionaries changing the culture.

Do you believe that healing patriarchy could unleash the creativity and collective resources for building a flourishing world for everyone?

Patriarchy is a system that holds hostage our collective imagination. It locks us inside hierarchies. It teaches norms that press our vibrancy into binaries. Its oppressions target the creativity of every child—of all genders.

Patriarchy also brings settler conquest, as Indigenous feminists tell us. Its beliefs seed transphobia, homophobia, and misogyny. It is the engine of white (Christian) supremacy within western colonial history—as well as religious fundamentalisms and imperialisms worldwide. It is the glue of class and caste hierarchy.

It is the ideology of dominance that, as applied to the earth and other-than-human kin, fuels the violence of climate change.

Our task is to imagine a world healed of patriarchy—and then to use our creativity to birth it.

At Feminism School, we know that feminist foremothers gave us an inheritance of knowledge and power for this work that links all change. We teach their texts and creative-intellectual vision, mentoring cultural leaders in this revolutionary history, as well as the contemporary scholarship in ethnic studies and gender studies that extends their legacy. We also bring a unique pedagogy that supports contemplation, spiritual activism, and transformative writing practices.

How do we transform injustices?

  • We believe that our joy, our wonder, and our creative purpose are essential to reimagining the world and core to a trauma-informed approach to change.

  • We believe, in the words of the great feminist theorist bell hooks, that feminism is for everyone and that men are called to participate and heal, too.

  • We believe that creative ripples grow to waves and that personal and collective transformation are interconnected. To that end, we teach contemplative writing practices to connect realms of change and to embody learning that celebrates creative awakenings.

Our Mission:

Creativity, Contemplation, & Textual Study

Most people—unless they can put their lives on hold for academic training—do not have access to in-depth intersectional feminist education.

Even many working on behalf of change—and using their platforms to advance gender and racial justice—have been disconnected from the richness of women's intellectual, spiritual, and creative lineages and the scholars building on their work today.

Drawing on our 20 years of interdisciplinary research, we offer courses, seminars, and mentorships to empower feminist, anti-racist, and decolonial leadership. Our pedagogies are holistic and trauma-informed, weaving rigorous social theory with creative learning methods, including our signature contemplative writing practices.

Our courses have now been taken by participants in 9 countries.

Dr. Kimberly B. George, Founder of Feminism School

Scholar of Race, Gender, and Religion | Writer | Contemplative | Decolonial Trauma Theorist

The Invitation...

We are living in a moment of accelerated possibility.

Hierarchical systems are being challenged by justice, mutual aid, interconnection, and renewed care for one another and the earth.

Feminist foremothers left us knowledge and practices for building this flourishing world we know is possible. Yet, their inheritance is still being suppressed because patriarchy and white supremacy work through silencing radical knowledge.

The leaders we train bring invaluable skills, knowledges, and experiences from their communities and areas of vocational calling. Most, though, have not before had the opportunity or access to study the powerful voices of feminist historyThat's where we make our contribution— teaching texts in Black feminisms, queer of color critique, Indigenous feminisms, religious and spiritual feminisms, and the coalitions built amongst anti-racist white feminists (many of whom are Jewish) and feminists of color.

Our mission is to support leaders in a contemplative feminist education that reconnects the mind, body, and spirit with justice-centered, trauma-informed learning. We teach beyond binaries and offer interdisciplinary rigor found in top-tier graduate programs, while also valuing expansive wonder for the not-yet-known. Ultimately, we help people connect their learning to the power of their creativity and community to reimagine the world—whether they are changing politics, art, tech, film, mental health, faith communities, or K-12 education.

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