Time Magazine named Rebecca Walker one of the fifty most influential American leaders under forty – an award which has been followed by many others, including the Women Who Could Be President Award from the League of Women Voters and an Honorary Doctorate from the North Carolina School of the Arts.
Rebecca is the author of To Be Real: Telling the Truth and Changing the Face of Feminism, in print for more than ten years and taught in Gender Studies programs around the world; the bestselling memoir Black, White, and Jewish: Autobiography of a Shifting Self, winner of the Alex Award from the American Library Association; and What Makes a Man: 22 Writers Imagine The Future, about which Booklist wrote: “Walker has done society at large a great service by bringing forth these voices, these views.” Rebecca’s new memoir, Baby Love: Choosing Motherhood After a Lifetime of Ambivalence, was published in March 2007.
As a speaker and lecturer, Rebecca has presented at hundreds of high schools and universities including Exeter, Head Royce, Harvard, Oberlin, Smith, MIT, and Stanford, and addressed dozens of organizations and corporations including the National Council of Teachers of English, the Walker Art Center, RuterDam Stockholm, Hewitt Associates, and the Ministries of Culture and Gender of Estonia, at the first-ever Conference on Masculinity in the Baltics.
She has been a consultant on generational differences, diversity, and the role of gender in the workplace for Sony Music, Microsoft and JP Morgan Chase. She has been featured on Charlie Rose, Good Morning America, and Oprah.
Rebecca teaches the art of memoir at workshops, MFA programs, and writing conferences internationally, and offers private manuscript consultation to writers of both fiction and non-fiction. Her essays, articles, and reviews have appeared in The Washington Post, BookForum, The Huffington Post, Babble, Salon, Marie Claire, Glamour, Child, Plum, Essence, and Buddhadharma, and several award-winning anthologies.
After graduating from Yale in 1992, Rebecca co-founded the Third Wave Foundation. Rebecca currently sits on the boards of Children As They Are, and the environmental organization Save The Bay.
Rebecca is the daughter of Pulitzer-prize winning novelist Alice Walker and esteemed civil rights attorney Mel Leventhal. She lives in Hawaii and Northern California with her son and his father.