Kimberly Clarke Simmons

Independent Scholar, Part-Time Faculty in Women and Gender Studies, University of Southern Maine
Chapter Member: Maine SSN

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About Kimberly

Simmons' research focuses on social movements and feminist activism. Overarching themes in Simmons' work includes investigations into what conditions contribute to sustainable activism over time for individuals and what leaders and organizations can do to promote social justice in movement building. Recently Simmons has focused on Title IX and #MeToo activism. Simmons works with a diverse group of community organizations, including the Maine Boys to Men, the Maine Women's Lobby Education Fund, Friends School of Portland and more. Currently, Simmons organizes a curriculum for Yoga for Sustainable Activism, is participating in a Title IX task force with Portland Public Schools, and is a leader with Women's March Portland.

In the News

Guest on Brass Tacks, October 29, 2019.
Opinion: "On Anniversary of Women’s March, The Need for Activism Remains," Kimberly Clarke Simmons, Bangor Daily News, January 16, 2018.
Guest on The Maine Event, December 31, 2017.
Opinion: "USM Educator Offers 10 Ways to Start to Change the Culture after #MeToo," Kimberly Clarke Simmons, Sun Journal, October 23, 2017.
Opinion: "It Took Activism and Resistance for Women to Win the Right to Vote," Kimberly Clarke Simmons, Bangor Daily News, August 15, 2017.


"Grassroots Goes to the Polls: Citizen Initiatives and Social Movements," University of Minnesota, 2002.


Investigates the movement dynamics shaping Maine's fight to include sexual orientation in the Civil Rights code.