A little girl becomes a feminist scholar

gayle kimball
Posted September 27, 2019 from United States
Brave: Young Women's Global Revolution
Cover of Brave Vol. 2, a cartoon of an Indian goddess and a girl who helps other abused women

I traveled the world talking to young people to learn how they’ll shape our future and to learn what they value, discussed in my three other books about global youth. I’ve always cared about the under-dog. When I was in fourth grade the teacher asked me to go outside with a girl who was being bullied by the class because she knew I cared about her. My Ph.D. is in Religious Studies, but when I started teaching at CSUC they asked me to lead the Women’s Studies program. I enjoyed developing new courses in a variety of fields. It’s not surprising that I sent so much time writing Brave to empower young women.

Gayle Kimball. Brave: Young Women’s Global Revolution (in two volumes,  Vol. 1: Global Themes  & Vol. 2: Regional Activism). [Equality Press], 2017. With introduction, b/w photographs and notes. x, 373 pp &  xiv, 643 pp.

Finally, we hear the authentic voices of girls and young women from around the globe, from the traditional to the radical. Encompassing interviews and fieldwork from 88 countries, sociologist Gayle Kimball brings together over a decade of original research on female youth. Such research is sorely lacking, as most other works of this kind are regional and/or discuss youth without including their voices. Kimball goes beyond standardized internet surveys of middle-class youth, with in-depth video interviews available on the companion blog, https://globalyouthbook.wordpress.com, of young women from the favelas of Brazil to the upper-class in Saudi Arabia. Some of the interviews and contacts went on for over a decade as the young women moved into adulthood, and Kimball traveled for much of the research.

A monumental piece of research and analysis from Feminist Standpoint Theory, Kimball includes and compares other notable surveys of youth and women’s issues in the two volumes. Don’t expect to hear only feminist voices---traditional young women speak clearly in these pages as well. A good history of feminism and what it means today to young women is part of the essential reading in Brave. Both volumes discuss the impact of neo-liberal policies, war, non-violent resistance, and upheavals.

 

Other books in the series include Ageism in Youth Studies: Generation Maligned (Cambridge Scholars, 2017); How Global Youth Values Will Transform Our Future (Cambridge Scholars, 2018); Resist! Goals and Tactics for Changemakers (Equality Press, 2018);  Your Mindful Guide to Academic Success: Prevent Burnout (Equality Press, 2018), Answers to Kids' Deep Questions in Photos, and Democracy Uprisings Led by Global Youth (forthcoming).

This story was submitted in response to GirlForce: Unscripted and Unstoppable.

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Lisbeth
Sep 27
Sep 27

Dear Kimball,
It's very nice to have you back at World Pulse. I hope you are doing very well? Honestly I very proud of your project. So will you be giving us a much details reports about the happenings, I mean your findings and results from these wonderful women you are working with.
I thinking it we'll be great to hear them. Your work looks very interesting I must say :-)
Thanks very much for sharing.
Regards

gayle kimball
Sep 29
Sep 29

Thanks. Are girls leading climate activism in your country too? Best, Gayle

Lisbeth
Sep 29
Sep 29

Naaa, have not come across something like that. Let me know if you have heard of something like that
Thanks

Jill Langhus
Sep 28
Sep 28

Hi Gayle,

How are you doing? Welcome back:-) Thanks for sharing your brief bio and great literary works. What have you been up to lately? Are you writing another book? I would love to hear what you're up to.

Hope you're doing well, and having a great weekend!

gayle kimball
Sep 28
Sep 28

Thanks. I'm interviewing scholars doing research in parapsychology (ESP, consciousness, mind/matter, distant healing, etc.) The interviews are on my YouTube channel, along with interviews with global youth. https://www.youtube.com/user/TheGlobalyouth?pbjreload=10

Jill Langhus
Sep 30
Sep 30

You're welcome:-)

Oh, wow! Very cool. Looking forward to hearing more about that. Very interesting.

I'll check it out. Thanks for sharing.

Anita Shrestha
Sep 29
Sep 29

Dear Kimball'

Yes actually little makes big sothat it is great an opportunity to us

Hello, Gayle,

Congratulations on your books! They’re very impressive. Thank you for sharing your advocacy here. What a great contribution and impact you are making to the girls and women in this world.

Please keep updating us here.

gayle kimball
Sep 29
Sep 29

Thanks. What are young women speaking up about in your country?

You're welcome, sis.

There are a lot of social issues our country is facing today. Most of those living in urban cities want to have a free college education and work opportunities with better pay. For those who are in disaster-prone areas, they want to have better infrastructure and disaster management systems. For those who live in poverty, a way out of trafficking, prostitution, and other forms of sexual violence. Some aspire to have a better life by joining reality shows, singing contests, or a career in showbusiness. So many to mention.

Thank you for asking.

Tamarack Verrall
Sep 29
Sep 29

Hello Gayle,
I am glad to meet you here and learn about your long time and extensive work, including creating one of those early feminist women's studies programs, and of your interviewing so many young women from around the world. Thanks for the titles and links. I look forward to exploring them.
In sisterhood,
Tam

gayle kimball
Sep 29
Sep 29

Hurrah for Canadian great turnout for climate! Are young women leaders as they are in the US? Best, Gayle

Tamarack Verrall
Sep 29
Sep 29

Hi Gayle,
Yes, and so many were in the streets yesterday. Here are two who deserve much more attention from the press, and who I hope Greta meets. I believe that she and Autumn have met.
https://www.youthkiawaaz.com/2019/09/years-before-greta-severn-shook-the... https://nationalpost.com/news/canada/indigenous-water-activist-autumn-pe.... Brilliant and daring young women.

gayle kimball
Sep 29
Sep 29

I wonder where the boys are......

gayle kimball
Sep 29
Sep 29

I'm starting on a new book based on interviews with young women climate activists. I'd appreciate your suggestions for leaders to interview in your country: Please forward
I’d like to Skype interview you for a book-in-progress about young women climate activists, with follow-up interviews over time. We would both edit the transcript to morph it into a book chapter.

Interviews with other youth activists are on my YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/user/TheGlobalyouth?pbjreload=10

I’m the author of these pertinent books:
Brave: The Global Girls’ Revolution (Equality Press) Vol. 1 Global Issues, Vol. 2 Regional Activism
Your Mindful Guide to Academic Success: Prevent Burnout (Equality Press)
Ageism in Youth Studies: Generation Maligned (Cambridge Scholars Publishing)
Global Youth Values Transforming Our Future (Equality Press)
Resist: Goals and Tactics for Changemaking (Equality Press)
Answers to Kids’ Deep Questions in Photos (Equality Press)
The Teen Trip: The Complete Resource Guide (Equality Press)
Ed. Everything You Need to Know to Succeed After College (Equality
Press)
How to Survive Your Parents' Divorce (Equality Press)

My background is I developed/chaired the Women’s Studies Program at California State University Chico. I also do intuitive energy work, dance, garden, travel.

Please let me know when are good times for you to Skype with me. I’m in California.

Many thanks, Gayle Kimball, Ph.D.

Ngwa Damaris
Sep 30
Sep 30

Wow!!! Great initiative!! I am a climate activist and I am available for the interview

gayle kimball
Sep 30
Sep 30

Please email me to arrange Skype gkimball at csuchico dot edu, thanks