Lucinda Marshall is the Director of the Feminist Peace Network (FPN) which she founded in December, 2001 as a virtual ‘room of our own’ where women concerned about how the impending U.S. invasion of Afghanistan (and later Iraq) would impact women’s lives could share their thoughts and ideas for action in a safe, supportive space. While initially focusing on militarism, the network, with participants from around the world, has expanded its vision to also address what Marshall calls the other terrorism, the systemic global pandemic of violence against women.
In her efforts to raise awareness about these issues and how they impact women’s human rights, Marshall authors the FPN blog and has published numerous articles in a wide variety of publications—from the Los Angeles Times to the Malaysian journal, Resurgence. Through her writing, Marshall brings a gendered analysis of women’s human rights that focuses not only on militarism but also on how economic, environmental and health issues effect women as well as the ongoing problem of media discrimination against women.
In the summer of 2008 she was the Guest Editor for an issue of the feminist journal off our backs which, at Marshall’s request, was dedicated to women’s visions of peace. She solicited essays from women throughout the world—ranging from Nobel Peace Prize winner Jody Williams to a group of women at a trauma center in the Democratic Republic of Congo—bringing together more than 20 voices from 10 countries.
Marshall also authors her own blog, Reclaiming Medusa at LucindaMarshall.com and her work is frequently republished on numerous other sites including Common Dreams and Alternet.
Marshall and her two children live in Louisville, Kentucky where she is a former columnist for the Louisville Eccentric Observer and has been active in numerous community social justice issues and co-founded the Louisville International Women’s Day Coalition.