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Meredith Holt, Published August 05 2013

Former Fargoan named publisher of Feminist Press

NEW YORK – Fargo native Jennifer Baumgardner has been named publisher of the Feminist Press.

According to Publishers Weekly, she follows Gloria Jacobs, who retired after leading the organization since 2006.

“Feminism and publishing have essentially been my career thus far, and this is one of the few places that actually marries both those things,” Baumgardner says.

The 43-year-old feminist journalist, filmmaker and speaker has authored six books, most recently 2011’s “F ’em!: Goo Goo, Gaga, and Some Thoughts on Balls.”

Baumgardner, who lives in New York, most recently visited her hometown in March for the showing of her documentary “It Was Rape” at the Fargo Film Festival.

In her new position, she hopes to connect with independent and feminist bookstores that supported her as a writer as well as to create more books that speak to women and gender studies students.

“That’s a huge population, and it’s one of the first places that people experience feminism, where it’s actually labeled feminism,” she says.

Founded in 1970, the Feminist Press is an independent, nonprofit literary publisher that Baumgardner says helped make feminism more mainstream.

“As a daughter of the second wave and somebody who helped create third-wave ideas, I’m really emotionally connected to institutions like the Feminist Press that existed to sort of make feminism this visible, viable thing a generation or two ago,” she says.


Readers can reach Forum reporter Meredith Holt at (701) 241-5590