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Roxane Gay

Roxane Gay is an American writer and academic who has broadened our preconceptions of what it means to be a feminist and what it is to be a woman. Author of 'Bad Feminist', 'Difficult Women and Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body,' Gay argues that women shouldn’t have to struggle to live up to feminist ideals, and highlights the extreme discrimination experienced by minority women. Lecturing in English, she is a contributing writer for The New York Times and has also written for Harper’s Bazaar, McSweeney’s, Virginia Quarterly Review and many others. Her TED talk ‘Confessions of a Bad Feminist’ has received over one million views online (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Vulture Festival).