Freelance feminist writer
When you run a feminist brand, you don’t want lukewarm, non-committal content associated with it. Women are (rightly) demanding clarity on what the brands they spend their unequal wage on and you have to demonstrate that you know what you are talking about and that you care. Really care.
I started blogging in the days when you had to explain to people what a blog was. It was a personal blog, just my thoughts on issues and stories about my life. It was probably terrible, but I enjoyed it and made some good friends through doing it.
After a few years, I was asked to join the blogging collective of a group feminist blog, The F-Word. I was there for several years, blogging regularly and stepping up to be the site’s social media editor, growing its social media properties from zero to some quite impressive numbers for the time.
Writing for that site gave me a really good grounding in writing for a more public audience. Stories I wrote there made the press more than once, and I learned a lot about early social media dramas as well. But what it really gave me was great experience of working with a team of committed women, all of us dedicated to writing words about empowering women. What worked in terms of empowering women, what didn’t, what went wrong, and what went terribly, terribly wrong. There was a lot of that in the world.
Unfortunately, some years on, there still is. I was later given a weekly column at Global Comment, the site of which I am now editor in chief. I wrote opinion pieces and reported pieces about social justice issues, nearly always focused on issues affecting women, disabled people and LGBTQ+ people.
However well the commercial-writing side of my business took off, I never wanted to stop writing about women and about feminism. I never did stop.
And while I still love writing opinion pieces – I will never stop being opinionated – I increasingly enjoy telling other women’s stories. Their campaigns, their experiences, their businesses, their brands, their plans and their hopes and fears.
Sometimes I do this through journalism, other times through writing for brands. Through my involvement on the comms team of my local branch of the Women’s Equality Party, too.
If you need somebody to write about women, about feminism, about stigma, about misogyny, about rape culture, and especially about intersections, I could be the person you are looking for.
I always look for the intersections: as a white, cis, disabled, LGBT woman, I can’t ignore them!
Get in touch if you think I can help.
Examples of feminist writing
Most of my feminist writing for brands was ghost-written so I can’t claim it as my own. But a few examples of my feminist journalism are:
- Global Comment: The Women’s March on Washington: A Lesson in Intersectional Failures
- Hysterical Women: When physical disability and mental ill-health collide: ‘At least we know now you’re not making it up’
- Feminist Times: Intrusive entitlement: disabled women as public property
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