Abigail Barefoot is a Ph.D. student in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at the University of Kansas. Her research focuses on the ways women claim space for themselves when engaging in activism in the public sphere while also navigating their safety from sexual and physical violence that might occur from other activists and from the police.
Abigail received her B.A. in Women’s Studies and Journalism at Iowa State University and her M.A. in Gender and Women’s Studies at Minnesota State University, Mankato. Her Master’s thesis argued that newspaper coverage of the sexual assaults at Occupy Wall Street was influenced by the negative perceptions of the physical space of the Occupy camps to create a narrative in which activists were blamed for their sexual assaults.