Brenda Feigen


Vassar & Harvard Law grad

National VP

Co-founder Ms. Mag. & NWPC


Leadership coach


Founder of Women’s Action Alliance, President, National Breast Cancer Education and Legal Center, and Co-Founder of Ms. magazine with Gloria Steinem.

Brenda is also crusader for feminism and women’s rights, has long guided and shifted the discussion and progress made for women over the last few decades in the U.S. Having survived cancer, Ms. Feigen has much to say on law, health, and women in America.

  • Feminist Jurisprudence today: Brenda talks about her experience being one half of famous feminist straight couple to finding herself, now married to a woman for 30+ years.
  • Evolution of LBGTQ rights: She shares with the audience her role in the LBGTQ rights evolution.
  • Sexual Harassment: from Harvard Law School's Ladies Days to producing NAVY SEALS in sexist Hollywood
  • Fulfilling your potential - working in the most confident, competent and thriving version of yourself
  • Breast cancer - She shares how she survived breast cancer.
  • The Wheel of Feminism - my new theory of what it means to be a feminist, incorporating women's rights, Black Lives Matter, anti-semitism, climate crisis, plus much more that you have to care about to call yourself a feminist.
  • The effect of the Trans and Non-binary Movement on Feminism and Women's rights,, including effects on women's sports and women's prisons.
  • What you need to know to be a producer.
Workshop and Consulting Topics

Keynote topics can be turned into workshops and consultancies.

NB: Brenda also consults with companies and other institutions about issues relating to discrimination on the basis of gender. She talks to young people about how they need to have spirit and spunk to take on the world, starting with issues they care about. I consult as a lawyer, as well as just a feminist.

"Brenda! "Thank you thank you a million thank you for taking the time to talk with our interns on Friday! I’ve gotten so much positive feedback from folks; hearing your up-close-and-personal, what-I-saw-at-the-revolution perspective was just fascinating to them (and to me; I always learn something new when I hear you talk about those days before and during your WRP years). And we must never stop reminding them how recent things like “Ladies Day” and “no ladies allowed” actually are.

Thank you again for taking time out to share your memories, and words of wisdom for the future. I feel so grateful to have met you during my time at the ACLU, and to work with you as we try to address this “next generation” sex discrimination.

Gillian Thomas, Senior Staff Attorney, Women’s Rights Project American Civil Liberties Union

"Your conversation at Vassar yesterday was great!!! An amazing career for the students and your classmates to hear about. You expressed it all so well with honesty and conviction!!!


"Was great fun to walk down memory lane with a great activist. Proud to know you, dear old pal."

Ginny (Corsi, former head of Aspen Institute...)

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