100 Women We Love: Class of 2011

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Ileana Jimenez is the founder and sole blogger at FeministTeacher.com and an educator at the progressive Little Red School House & Elisabeth Irwin High School in New York. She teaches courses on feminism, Latino/a literature, LGBT literature and more to prep the next generation of feminist thinkers. An Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice board member since 2005, Jimenez received the 2010 Distinguished Fulbright Award in Teaching to conduct research on gender and education in Mexico and spoke at Mexico City’s first international conference on bullying. “My students inspire me to make the world a better place. There's nothing that I do that doesn't have the today and tomorrow of young people in mind, especially in ensuring that they can be who they want to be in safe and supportive schools,” Jimenez says. “Whether I'm engaging my students in feminist activism in New York [or] providing professional development about LGBT inclusion to fellow teachers…everything I do is connected to racial and gender justice for all young people.” –KL

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