There’s a new blog in town and WAM! couldn’t be more excited. The project, called Flyover Feminism, is a web community that will feature the voices of feminists, womanists, and activists from underrepresented geographic areas all over the world. The site’s Mission Statement explains that the project “is about how, exactly, activists without media clout or attention bring immediacy and passion to a fight that will largely be ignored no matter the outcome. We want to teach the next generation of geographically-marginalized activists how to organize, learn new ideas from new activists, and document the stories of people who have been doing activism for decades in obscurity.” Flyover Feminism will connect activists in and outside of media centers, creating a support network for progressive and sustainable political action. Sounds pretty awesome to me.
It’s only one day old and already the project has garnered quite a bit of attention on Facebook and Twitter. Feministing named Flyover Feminism a “Blog To Watch” and I couldn’t agree more. The founders are three seasoned feminist bloggers — Melissa McEwan of Shakesville, Garland Grey of TigerBeatdown, and our very own WAM!er Jessica Luther of scATX — and they are clear about their mission. They want to reach and feature as many flyover feminists as they can. So they’re asking for submissions from anyone who has a story to tell. As the site says, “You don’t have to be a published writer, or even a blogger. You just have to be someone who’s passionate about how you practice feminism in your life, or the struggles you face practicing feminism in your life.” Hey, that could be you! As accessible and exciting as this project already is, I can only imagine how many states and countries it will reach. I can’t wait to start seeing its flight pattern.