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Feminist ‘Full Frontal’ at Drury

For Immediate Release: April 9

Cancelled Due to speaker's illness!

Rebecca Denton
Theme Year Co-Director
Assistant Professor of Education
Office: (417) 873-7377

SPRINGFIELD , Mo. , April 9, 2009 — Jessica Valenti, founder of the blog, will present “Full Frontal Feminism” on Thursday, April 16 at 11 a.m. in Clara Thompson Hall. The event is free and open to the public. Reservations are not necessary.

Valenti's website, Feministing, features her sharp tongue and smart views on commonly held opinions about feminism. Valenti believes there is no point in rehashing old arguments. Rather, she explains why feminism matters in the 21 st century and how young women can work to improve the lot of all people through their fight for equal rights.

The author of three books, “Full Frontal Feminism” is also the name of Valenti's latest book that asserts it is, “A young woman's guide to why feminism matters.” Valenti is also a blogger for NARAL Pro-Choice America, and her writing has appeared in Ms. Magazine, AlterNet, and The Guardian (UK). In 2007, Valenti received a Choice USA Generation award for her commitment to reproductive rights issues.

Valenti received a master's degree in women and gender studies from Rutgers University where she is now a part-time lecturer.

This event is co-sponsored by the Department of Women and Gender Studies.

Drury University 's 2008-2009 convocation series Entrepreneurship & Innovation focuses on unique and innovative approaches to business, social and environmental issues. This series features the stories of individuals and organizations who apply energy and ingenuity to improve their world.

For more information, please contact Rebecca Denton at (417) 873-7377, or by e-mail at, or visit


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