Newsletter

Stay up to date with the latest from MAKERS delivered straight to your inbox. Sign up for new stories from trailblazing women, a big dose of inspiration, and exclusive MAKERS content.

Newsletter Confirmation

Thank you for joining! Please check your inbox for our special welcome letter
with exclusive updates from MAKERS.

MAKERS Moment

Relationship with Gloria

Relationship with Gloria

More From Amy

In this video

Richards describes how her relationship with Gloria Steinem began and the priceless dynamic that persists.

Amy 's Biography

Rebel with a Doll:  As a girl, she rebelled against her feminist mother by buying a Barbie doll.
Early Ambitions:  When she was very young: “The first female President of the United States.” In later years she has said, “A lawyer.  I still want to be a lawyer.”
Inspiring Role Model:  Katie Couric, "both because of her professional success but I also love how she includes her kids into her story and doesn’t let it de-politicize her or de-professionalize her.”
Mother’s Anthem:  As a child, she proudly sang Helen Reddy's "I am Woman" when her teachers asked her to sing the national anthem. Her mother had previously convinced her this was the anthem for the United States.

Richards is best known for creating the Third Wave Foundation as well as for her writings on contemporary feminism. Besides her books, Manifesta, Grassroots and Opting In, Richard’s writings and opinions can be found in numerous anthologies and media outlets, including NPR, The New York Times, Bitch, The Chicago Tribune, and Feminist.com, where she’s hosted her Ask Amy advice column since 1995. She is the president of Soapbox: Speakers Who Speak Out, the creators of Feminist Summer Camp and the foremost feminist lecture agency.
Richards came of age as the women’s movement was navigating the shoals of backlash in late 1980s and early 1990s.  Galvanized by renewed attacks on reproductive freedom, the Anita Hill hearings, the Rodney King trial, and the William Kennedy Smith rape trial, Richards was among a small cohort of self-described “Third Wave” feminists who sought to make the next push for feminism, broadening the movement’s concerns to more completely include issues of gender, sexuality and class. In her mid-twenties, Richards co-founded the Third Wave Foundation, a national organization for young feminist activists between the ages of 15 and 30.  
Amy’s leadership and visionary work launched her as a primary spokesperson and leading voice for young feminist issues for the past twenty years. Richards lectures frequently about the state of feminism and has traveled the world representing feminism in America.  Her television appearances have taken her from Oprah to The O’Reilly Factor. She has won numerous awards for her activism, including “21 Leaders for the 21st Century” from both Women’s eNews and Ms. magazine.  Amy graduated from Barnard College in 1992 with a BA in Art History and has lived in New York City ever since.

Related Videos

Susan Sygall
Susan Sygall
CEO of Mobility International USA

Susan Sygall’s work has transformed international exchange and global development for people with disabilities. Sygall became a wheelchair rider after a car accident at age 1...

Gabrielle Hamilton
Gabrielle Hamilton
Chef & Author

Gabrielle Hamilton is "not convinced that it is important to make a living at the thing that you aspire to," a perfect outlook for this chef & author. Initially aspir...

Margaret Cho
Margaret Cho
Comedian

Comedian Margaret Cho is a groundbreaking stand-up comedian who harnessed her identity as a queer woman of color to power her comedic voice and hit racism, homophobia and stereotyp...

Jennifer Siebel Newsom
Jennifer Siebel Newsom
Filmmaker & Advocate

Jennifer Siebel Newsom was already an accomplished women by the time she went knocking on Hollywood's door at the age of 28. She had graduated with honors from Stanford Univers...