Janet Mock is a writer, advocate and author of “Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More,”, a text that is required reading for 5 WGS/LIT courses in the Spring of 2015. In 2011, Janet publicly proclaimed her identity as a trans woman and focused her efforts on speaking about the struggles, triumphs and portrayals of girls and women like herself. In 2012, she launched the social media project #GirlsLikeUs, a movement that encourages trans women to live visibly.
Janet was profiled in the HBO documentary “The Out List” and contributes to MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry show. She is a board member at the Arcus Foundation and has been recognized by the Sylvia Rivera Law Project, the Anti-Violence Project, and the Center for American Progress. A native of Honolulu, Janet attended the University of Hawaii, earned her MA in journalism from NYU, and worked as an editor at People.com.