Name: Judith Butler
Why she rocks: She is a professor of Rhetoric and Comparative Literature at UC Berkeley, and a post-structuralist philosopher focusing on feminism, queer theory, and ethics. Her most recent work focuses on Jewish philosophy, exploring pre and post-Zionist criticisms of state violence.
Quote: There is no gender identity behind the expressions of gender… identity is performatively constituted by the very ‘expressions’ that are said to be its results.
Because of this woman… new studies on philosophy are being conducted today, providing new perspectives.