Courtney E. Martin chronicles — and encourages — the current generation of young activists and feminists. She's an editor at and the author of "Do It Anyway: The New Generation of Activists."

Why you should listen

In her new book Do It Anyway: The New Generation of Activists, Courtney E. Martin profiles eight young people doing social justice work. It’s a fascinating look at the generation of world-changers who are now stepping up to the plate. And as an editor at, the most highly read feminist publication in the world, Martin watches an evolving world of a feminism empowered by social media.

Martin’s first book was Perfect Girls, Starving Daughters: How the Quest for Perfection Is Harming Young Women; an anthology Click: When We Knew We Were Feminists, co-edited with J. Courtney Sullivan, was released last year. Martin is also a Senior Correspondent for The American Prospect; she’s appeared on Good Morning America, the TODAY Show, CNN and MSNBC, and held her own against Bill O’Reilly and Laura Ingraham.

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“"Do It Anyway" asks the most difficult question possible: How can I make my life meaningful? The answers are varied, transformational, and necessary for us all.” — Jane Fonda

Courtney E. Martin’s TED talk

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May 27, 2015

Sharing an idea isn’t like snapping your fingers — things don’t just instantly change. But as more people hear an idea over time, it can trickle into people’s thinking — and shifts, both subtle and extreme, can happen as a result. In a TEDWomen session called “The 19th Minute,” host Courtney E. Martin invited several […]

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