Inspired by her New York Times bestselling “Rad Women” books, activist Kate Schatz shares radical histories that shine light on the marginalized people who’ve truly made America great: the people of color, the immigrants, the queers, the punks, the weirdos, the artists, the workers, and the women.
How to Listen, Show Up, and Do Better
New York Times bestselling author and activist Kate Schatz is the co-author of Do the Work: An Anti-Racist Activity Book, with W. Kamau Bell, the comedian and Emmy-winning host of CNN’s United Shades of America. A long-time educator and advocate for social justice, Schatz offers accessible strategies and insights for centering marginalized communities and creating a better future for all of us.
Kate Schatz is a New York Times bestselling author, activist, public speaker, educator, and consultant who has been talking, writing, and teaching about race, gender, social justice, and equity for many years. Her "Rad Women" books, including Rad American Women A-Z, Rad Women Worldwide, and Rad American History A-Z, have sold over 300,000 copies and been translated into four languages. She is the co-author of Do the Work: An Anti-Racist Activity Book, with W. Kamau Bell, the comedian and Emmy-winning host of CNN’s United Shades of America.
Widely known for being an accessible, engaging, and inspirational speaker, Kate has given talks about feminist histories; anti-racism; practical activism; inspiring women; and how to listen, show up, and do better at hundreds of schools, libraries, organizations, conferences, and festivals. She's appeared on air on Conan, MSNBC, NPR, WNYC, and WBUR, and Minnesota Public Radio, and on podcasts like Nerdette, Sibling Revelry, Inflection Point, and Politically Reactive. She's been in conversation with high-profile figures like Conan O'Brien, Margaret Atwood, Kate Hudson, gold medalist Ibtahaj Muhammad, and Black Voters Matter co-founder LaTosha Brown. She's been a featured presenter at ComicCon, the Miami Book Festival, the United Nation's GirlUp! Summit, and the American Library Association, as well as Facebook, Spotify, Pixar, Genentech, LinkedIn, Baker Mackenzie, and the San Francisco MOMA.
Kate’s writing has appeared in print in places like Buzzfeed, LENNY, Oxford American, and the San Francisco Chronicle. Her book of fiction, Rid of Me: A Story, is part of the cult-favorite 33 1/3 series. She collaborated with Urban Outfitters on a t-shirt design featuring trans women of color; worked with the city of Grand Rapids, Michigan on a city-wide public art project; curated a multimedia event for the Berkeley Symphony; developed a multi-media art installation for the Oakland Museum of California; and advised a top ad agency on the development of an award-winning feminist history app.
From 2015-2019 she co-led Solidarity Sundays, a nationwide network of 200+ feminist activist groups aimed at empowering women to become effective political activists. As an educator, Kate taught Women’s Studies and Creative Writing at UC Santa Cruz, San Jose State, Rhode Island College, and Brown University; led Creative Writing workshops for 5-8th graders for AileyCamp, part of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater; and served as the Chair of the School of Literary Arts at Oakland School for the Arts for many years.
Kate lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her wife, their three children, and their many pets. In all she does, Kate is committed to sharing radical histories that shine light on the marginalized people who've truly made America great: the people of color, the immigrants, the queers, the punks, the weirdos, the artists, the workers, and the women.