Ileana Jiménez is a leader in the field of feminist and social justice education. She inspires teachers to bring intersectional feminism to the K-12 classroom through her blog, Feminist Teacher, her Twitter handle @feministteacher, and the #HSfeminism and #K12feminism hashtags she created. Her social media presence has lifted up the work of high school feminism teachers nationally and globally, bringing exciting visibility to the feminism-in-schools movement. Based in New York, Ileana teaches innovative high school courses on feminism and activism that have gained the attention of academic and activist circles.
In 2010, she was named one of the 30 Women Making History by the Women’s Media Center; later that year, she was named one of the 40 Feminists Under 40 by the Feminist Press. A recipient of the Distinguished Fulbright Award in Teaching, she is sought after for her insight on education and has travelled globally to share her work on anti-racist, feminist, and queer curriculum design in schools. She has also appeared on the Melissa Harris-Perry Show and has written for Education Week, the Huffington Post, Ms. Magazine, the Smith Alumnae Quarterly, and the Women’s Media Center.
She is also published in Meridians: feminism, race, transnationalism (volume 1, 2016); Radical Teacher (vol. 106, 2016); One Teacher in Ten in the New Millennium: LGBT Educators Speak Out About What's Gotten Better... and What Hasn't (Beacon, 2015); SLUT: A Play and Guidebook for Combating Sexism and Sexual Violence (Feminist Press, 2015); and The Feminist Utopia Project: Fifty-Seven Visions of a Wildly Better Future (Feminist Press, 2015). She received her B.A. in English Literature at Smith College, and an M.A. in English Literature at Middlebury College.