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Faculty Talk with Emily Bent

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There will be no shushing in the Birnbaum Library on December 7 as they host a faculty talk with Professor Emily Bent, PhD, who's currently working on a book titled "Feminist Girls: The New Politics of Gender and Age at the United Nations."

On Wednesday, December 7, the Birnbaum Library welcomes Assistant Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies Emily Bent, PhD, for a faculty talk from 12:10 p.m.–1:10 p.m. in the Fishbowl.

Bent's research explores global girlhood discourses, feminist girlhoods, and girls' political participation and activist politics. Her current book project titled Feminist Girls: The New Politics of Gender and Age at the United Nations examines the lives of teenage girl activists at the United Nations from 2010–2015.

Her project, supported by a grant from the Feminist Majority Foundation, investigates adolescent girls' experiences as political actors and considers how they negotiate the politics of gender and age in formal "adult" spaces. Based on a five-year qualitative study of girls' political participation at the United Nations from 2010–2015, it examines how 60 North American teenage girls engage with and inform the global movement for girls' human rights. What does political empowerment mean to girls? What barriers and challenges do girls face in their activist practice? How does gender and age shape their politics and opportunities for engagement? Who supports girls' political participation and what does that support look like? And lastly, what tools or strategies have girl activists developed to navigate international politics, secure their participation rights, and advance the girls' rights movement at the United Nations? Feminist Girls puts teenage girl activists at the center of the human rights movement helping to shape our understanding of gender, age and politics in the 21st century.

Bent holds a doctorate in Global Women's Studies from the National University of Ireland, Galway, an MA in Women's and Gender Studies from Rutgers University, and a BA from the College of New Jersey.