Photo Credit: Sandra Ramirez, 2007
Rebecca Walker is a best-selling author, an acclaimed speaker and teacher, and an award-winning visionary and activist in the fields of intergenerational feminism, multi-cultural identity, enlightened masculinity, and transformational human awareness. When she was just twenty-five, Time Magazine named her one of the fifty most influential future leaders of America—an award which has since been followed by many others, including the Women Who Could Be President Award from the League of Women Voters, the Champion of Choice Award from CARAL, and the Women of Distinction Award from the American Association of University Women.
In 1995 Rebecca published To Be Real: Telling the Truth and Changing the Face of Feminism, an anthology that remains in print after more than ten years. Hailed a "foundational text of Third Wave feminism," To Be Real is taught in Women's Studies programs around the world. In 2002, Rebecca's memoir, Black, White, and Jewish: Autobiography of a Shifting Self, became an international bestseller and won the Alex Award from the American Library Association. People Magazine called Black, White, and Jewish, "A heartbreaking tale of self-creation,” adding, “Walker masterfully illuminates differences between black and white America." A second anthology, What Makes a Man: 22 Writers Imagine The Future, was published in 2004 to similar acclaim: "Walker has done society at large a great service by bringing forth these voices, these views." (Booklist)
Rebecca is a popular speaker on campuses and in business settings around the world. She has lectured at more than 300 universities including Harvard, Oberlin, MIT, and Stanford, and addressed dozens of organizations including the the National Council of Teachers of English, The National Women's Studies Association, and the Ministries of Culture and Gender of Estonia, at the first-ever Conference on Masculinity in the Baltics. She's been a consultant for Sony Music, Microsoft and JP Morgan Chase, and has been featured on Charlie Rose and the Oprah Winfrey Show. Rebecca is an alumna of Yale University, and the founder of the Third Wave Foundation. She sits on the boards of Children As They Are, and the environmental organization Save The Bay.
Rebecca has written for blogs and magazines, including Harper's, Salon, Glamour, Essence, and Buddhadharma, and her essays are widely anthologized. She has taught the art of memoir at workshops, MFA programs, and writing conferences around the world. For writers developing non-fiction manuscripts, Rebecca offers consultation on theme, voice and structure.
In December of 2004 Rebecca gave birth to a son, Tenzin, whose arrival is the subject of a new memoir, Baby Love: Choosing Motherhood after a Lifetime of Ambivalence, forthcoming from Riverhead Books in 2007.
She lives with Tenzin and his father in Hawaii.
Books:Black Cool, February 2012
One Big Happy Family, February 2010
Baby Love, April 2007