Her activism and writing focus on rape culture, reproductive justice, economic justice, and queer rights.
With an academic background in gender and sexuality studies, she bridges feminist theory and intersectional social justice organizing to make feminism accessible and empowering for all.
To read her Everyday Feminism articles, click here.
Location: Washington, DC
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Her presentations include:
- Reality vs. Law & Order: SVU: Using video clips from the popular TV show, Law & Order: SVU, this presentation explores pervasive myths about sexual violence, how they drive rape culture, and how the realities of survivors differ from the narratives these myths create. With an inclusive, survivor-centered, and anti-carceral approach to eliminating rape culture, Sara helps audiences unpack the internalization of rape culture and develop tools for dismantling rape culture on their campuses and in their communities.
- The Politics of Sex and Reproductive Justice: Where are today’s unprecedented attacks on birth control and abortion coming from? This presentation explores the roots and nuances of the “war on women” through a reproductive justice and positive sexuality lens. In the wake of the Supreme Court’s ruling in favor of Hobby Lobby, we must examine the stigma surrounding abortion and birth control, why it exists, how it relates to America’s campus sexual assault epidemic and impacts the LGBTQ equality movement. Attendees will leave this interactive presentation with a deep and intersectional understanding of the politics of sex and reproductive justice, plus the ability to apply it to other areas of feminist activism.
- Feminist Theory for the Everyday Feminist: Are you interested in incorporating tenants of feminist theory into your life or work as a feminist? This is a crash course on how to bridge feminist theory’s popular ideas and terms with everyday realities. The goal of this workshop is to make feminist theory accessible and meaningful to the realities of feminists outside or no longer part of academia, with close attention paid to socioeconomic barriers to engagement with feminist theory. Can be tailored to all levels of familiarity with feminism and feminist theory.
- Queer Alphabet Soup: Not sure what all of the letters in LGBTQIA+ stand for? This introduction to queer identities and key terms related to gender and sexuality will map out a vocabulary that is useful in understanding the nuances and fluidity of gender and sexuality. Learn about the difference between bisexuality and pansexuality, gender queerness as an identity, and much more. Can be tailored to all levels of familiarity with gender, sexuality, and LGBTQIA+ equality.
- The Power of Rural and Red State Feminism: As an Idahoan feminist, Sara is a passionate advocate for the power of rural and red state feminist activism. This presentation explores methods for rural and red state feminist community building, reducing feelings of isolation, and leveraging your unique and powerful role in the social justice movement. Despite tough cultural climates for feminist movement building, rural and red state feminists do essential intersectional organizing and social justice work with limited resources, support, and recognition. Sara guides audience members through power mapping, strength finding, and the discovery of unlikely allies to empower attendees to start or continue their critical activism.
Recent past presentations include:
- The Politics of Sex and Reproductive Justice, Skidmore College Social Justice Month, Skidmore Vox: Voices for Planned Parenthood, November 2014
- Reality vs. Law & Order: SVU, Johns Hopkins University Sexual Assault Awareness Month, Johns Hopkins Sexual Assault Resource Unit, April 2014, Baltimore, MD.
- Feminist Theory for the Everyday Feminist, University of Northern Colorado, Fourth Annual Women’s Conference, November 2013
- The Gendered Impact of Climate Change, National Young Feminist Leadership Conference, March 2013 & 2014, Washington, DC.
- Reproductive Health Panel, Day of the Girl Summit, American University, October 2013, Washington, DC.
- Panelist, Youth Organizing and Policy Conference, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, 2013
- Panelist, Young Leaders Summit, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, 2013
- Toxins in the Environment, One Voice Summit, Sierra Club, Advocates for Youth, and SIECUS. November, 2012. Washington, DC.
- Toxic Injustice, Annual National Grassroots Legislative Conference, Unites States Student Association. March, 2012. Washington, DC.
- Reproductive Health & Toxins, Sierra Club Spring 2013 Fellowship Conference, Sierra Club. March, 2012. Washington, DC.
- The Gendered Impact of Climate Change: Eco-Feminism Then and Now, National Young Feminist Leadership Conference, Feminist Majority Foundation. March 2012. Washington, DC.
All topics can be adapted to be presentations, keynote speeches, or workshops and can be tailored to the audience.
If you don’t see a topic that quite meets your needs but think we can cover it, just let us know. We are also willing to create a signature talk or workshop for groups.
What Others Have To Say About Sara
“Sara’s presentation was a call to arms for reproductive justice advocates. By presenting important statistics about the status of reproductive and maternal health in the United States, she inspired everyone to take up action. She approached the issue of reproductive justice with an intersectional framework, which was especially important in engaging a diverse audience.” – Cara K., Skidmore VOX: Voices for Planned Parenthood