The Ms. Q&A: Jennifer Baumgardner and Amy Richards on the 20th Anniversary of “Manifesta”

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Picador has just released a revised 20th anniversary edition of Jennifer Baumgardner and Amy Richards’s classic Third Wave feminist text, Manifesta: Young Women, Feminism, and the Future.

Twenty years ago, I was at the Rockgrl conference in Seattle with a colleague to work on our book, Girls Rock! Fifty Years of Women Making Music.

Two young feminists were there promoting their brand-new book. We struck up a conversation in the hallway, and soon I invited Jennifer Baumgardner and Amy Richards to come and speak at my university.

The friendship has lasted—and so has their book.

When Manifesta was first released in 2000, it was a groundbreaking account of feminist struggles at the turn of the millennium. Now it’s an essential feminist text.

In recognition of the new edition, I talked to Jennifer and Amy about their lives, Manifesta and feminism across the…

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