Me

Debra MichalsI like to say I’m a girl revolutionary — a product of the 1970s, when activism was in vogue, and people really believed they could change the world. I still believe it – now, more than ever.

I’ve never been afraid to call myself a feminist – never been afraid to stand up for what I believe in, even if it makes me unpopular (and sometimes it has).

I like men. I like women. I like all people, in theory. In practice, I mostly like people who have something to teach me. I don’t have any use for hate-mongers or hate speech, for prejudice, or for people who want to dictate how the rest of us should live.

I’m fearless, but not humor-less. I like to laugh, but not at the pain or the expense of others. I like being a woman in every possible way.

At the core, I’m an activist; I’ve been waging my battles on the streets, in print and in the classroom for more than two decades. I’ve marched, petitioned, protested, lectured and funded causes embracing equality between the sexes and for people everywhere.

The pen is my weapon of choice; technology, my method of delivery.

I don’t speak/write unless I know what I’m talking about.

I’m Debra Michals, and I’m an/the original Stealth Feminist. I’ve been a journalist, an activist, and an academic, always with an eye toward gender equality. I’ve written for many major magazines , a few books and journals. I’ve marched on Washington, D.C. and in the streets of New York for women’s rights, and I’ll do it again and again and again. I’m a Ph.D., a coauthor of an exhibit on women entrepreneurs for the National Women’s History Museum, a US history textbook, and these days, I teach women’s/gender studies and women’s history at Merrimack  College. I’m writing a book on women entrepreneurs, an essay on masculinity in the culture surrounding sports figures, and of course, this blog.