Avital Norman Nathman is a former teacher and lifelong learner turned freelance writer. Her work, which places a feminist lens on a variety of topics, including motherhood, gender, reproductive rights, and reproductive health, has been featured in Bitch magazine, Bamboo Family Magazine, The New York Times, CNN, HLNtv.com, RH Reality Check, Offbeat Mama, and more. It has also landed her a long-term, contracted position with the Yale School of Public Health, helping to develop evidence-based prenatal care curriculum.
Based in Western Massachusetts with her husband and six-and-a-half-year old son, Avital also considers herself a play-at-home mama who enjoys digging in her urban garden, hosting dance parties in her kitchen, tweeting (follow her at @TheMamafesto), and searching for the perfect cup of Chai.
Christy Turlington Burns is the founder of Every Mother Counts, a campaign to end preventable deaths caused by pregnancy and childbirth around the world. Every Mother Counts informs, engages, and mobilizes new audiences to take action to improve the health and well-being of girls and women worldwide. In 2010, Christy directed and produced “No Woman, No Cry”, a documentary film about the global state of maternal health. Prior to her work as a global maternal health advocate, Christy focused her activism on smoking prevention and cessation after losing her father to lung cancer in 1997. She collaborated on several public health service campaigns and launched an award-winning website, SmokingIsUgly.com in 2002. Christy is also an avid yogi and merged her love of the practice and writing to author her first book, Living Yoga: Creating A Life Practice (Hyperion 2002). She also founded two successful lifestyle brands; Sundãri, an Ayurvedic skincare line and nuala, a yoga inspired apparel and accessories line.
Christy is an advisor to the Harvard Medical School Global Health Council and the Harvard School of Public Health Board of Dean’s Advisors, Mother’s Day Every Day and the White Ribbon Alliance. She has contributed writings to Marie Claire Magazine, Yoga Journal and Teen Vogue along with contributions to the Huffington Post, BlogHer, MomsRising, Canada’s Globe and Mail and the UK’s Evening Standard. She has guest corresponded on NBC’s Today Show, which included reporting on the status of girl’s education in Afghanistan and an interview with H.H. the Dalai Lama. Christy has a BA from NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Studies and is currently pursuing a MPH at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health in New York City, where she lives with her husband – filmmaker Edward Burns – and their two children.
Pauline Abraham is the pseudonym of an author and editor living in the Pacific Northwest.
Jennifer Baumgardner is a writer, activist, filmmaker, and lecturer whose work explores abortion, sex, bisexuality, rape, single parenthood, and women’s power. In 2005 she created and produced the award-winning documentary I Had an Abortion. In 2013, she released her second film, It Was Rape, which tells the story of eight diverse women.
Jennifer and her work have been featured in venues from Oprah to NPR, and BBC News Hour to Bitch Magazine. She has keynoted at more than 300 universities, organizations, and conferences. In 2008, she became Writer-in-Residence at The New School, where she taught non fiction workshops for four years. Currently, she is the Executive Director/Publisher at The Feminist Press at CUNY.
Jennifer is the author of Look Both Ways: Bisexual Politics (FSG, 2007, a Lambda finalist), Abortion & Life (Akashic, 2008), and the essay collection F ‘em! Goo Goo, Gaga, and Some Thoughts on Balls (Seal, 2011), as well as two best-selling books about feminism written with Amy Richards—Manifesta: Young Women, Feminism, and the Future (FSG, 2000), Grassroots: A Field Guide for Feminist Activism (FSG, 2005). She is the co-editor, with Madeleine Kunin, of We Do!: American Leaders Who Believe in Marriage Equality. In 2002, she co-founded Soapbox, Inc., a speakers’ bureau that also produces week-long Feminist Camps and Intensives. Soapbox and its projects connect people hungry for feminism with resources and with one another. Originally from Fargo, North Dakota, Jennifer lives in New York City with her husband and two sons.
Tara Jean Bernier didn’t know she could write poetry till she started writing poetry. Crushed by a nasty case of PPD after the birth of her second son, she began blogging everyday at happyvalleymama.com as a form of therapy. Currently she is an English teacher at one of the ten oldest high schools in America where she teaches writing, literature, and the occasional feminist manifesto, all with a good dose of humor. Mama to Kai and Keegan, she has called the Happy Valley of Western Massachusetts her home for the last ten years.
Sarah Werthan Buttenwieser has had her work appear in numerous publications, including the New York Times, Brain Child Magazine, The Huffington Post, Babble, Bamboo Magazine, Preview Massachusetts Magazine, Culinate, Ceramics Monthly, and Rural Intelligence, amongst others. Essays have appeared in various anthologies including The Maternal is Political, and in the ebook anthologies Welcome to My World, and Wait a Minute, I Have to Take Off My Bra. She does some blogging for Teen Life, Momfilter, MoonFrye and Hilltown Families. She keeps her own blog—Standing in the Shadows—at the Valley Advocate, as well as a Tumblr, Refractions: Peering from the Shadows. As she and her dear husband endeavor to raise four children, they endure a great deal of chaos and almost as much laughter in the relatively sleepless process.
Soraya Chemaly is a feminist writer, critic and activist whose work focuses on the role of gender in politics, religion and popular culture. She speaks regularly on topics related to sexualized violence and media portrayals of gender. She is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post, RH Reality Check, Fem2.0, and Role Reboot. Her writing also appears in Salon, The Guardian and CNN, and she is a frequent radio commentator, including on the BBC, NPR’s Talk of the Nation and Sirius XM Progressive Radio. Ms. Chemaly was one of the primary organizers of a successful social media campaign asking Facebook to remove sexist and misogynistic content in accordance to its guidelines on bullying, harassment and safety. The #FBrape campaign, widely covered in media, was described as “an historic turning point in the fight against gender based hate speech.” She is the 2013 recipient of the Donna Allen Award for Feminist Journalism.
Prior to returning to writing, Ms. Chemaly spent 15 years as a senior marketing executive and consultant in the media and data industries. Ms. Chemaly graduated from Georgetown University’s College of Arts and Sciences, where she founded that school’s feminist journal, The New Press and attended Radcliffe College for post-graduate studies.
Gina Crosley-Corcoran, CD(DONA), CCCE is a former-rocker-chick-turned-mom, a blogger, and a busy birth worker. She attends births as a labor doula and travels the country teaching workshops to other professionals. Through the births of her three children, ranging from a traumatic cesarean delivery to an empowering home waterbirth, Gina became a passionate advocate for women’s reproductive rights. She trained and certified as a labor doula and a childbirth educator and is currently working on a Master of Public Health in Maternal Child Health. On her blog, she delivers raw stories of her experiences as a “feminist breeder” crafted with angst, humor, and a little profanity. At home, Gina is a mother of three spirited children and wife to a bilingual middle school teacher who laughs at all her jokes. Read more from Gina at The Feminist Breeder site and Facebook page.
Elizabeth Crossen grew up in central Pennsylvania and is a recent graduate of Penn State University concentrations in Sociology and Women’s Studies, and African American Studies. She is currently serving as an AmeriCorps VISTA, after which she will be heading to graduate school. Her work has been published several times in Penn State’s liberal arts publication, Agora. She has presented various papers at the Social Thought Conference, the Women’s Studies Graduate Organization conference, the National Women’s Studies conference, and the New York African Studies Association conference. Crossen is a single mother to two fantastic little boys.
Arwyn Daemyir survived her first child’s toddler and preschool years by writing about gender, parenting, race, feminism, kyriarchy, and geekdom on her blog Raising My Boychick. She is surviving her second child’s toddler years by giving up blogging, getting published, planting a garden, and starting her own business. Her work can be found in Trans Bodies, Trans Selves (Spring 2014), Supporting Transgender and Gender Creative Youth: School, Families, and Communities in Action (Fall 2013), Bitch Magazine, Global Comment, Hoax Zine, and, despite neither speaking nor reading Portuguese, in national online and print publications in Brazil. Her presentation at the National Workshop on Gender Creative Kids in Montreal, on Gender Diverse Parenting and the radical idea that trans kids are people too, was met with great acclaim. She has a massage therapist license, three chickens, and more plans for her time than there are hours in the day. But she has a plan to fix that.
KJ Dell’Antonia (@KJDellAntonia) is the lead writer and editor of the New York Times’ Motherlode blog. She is the co-author of Reading with Babies, Toddlers and Twos (Sourcebooks 2013). Her work has also appeared on Slate’s DoubleX and its XXFactor blog, on Babble, and in Parents, Parenting, Kiwi, and the still regretted Wondertime (and other publications). She lives in New Hampshire with her husband and an assortment of kids and animals.
Lisa is also Associate Producer of Parents of the Revolution, a documentary by Dana Glazer, about parent activists inside the Occupy Wall Street movement (release date, Fall 2013). Lisa is currently writing a book about the global economy based on her experience and research in producing the film. Lisa’s writing can be found at TheMotherhoodBlog and Forbes.com, as well as Audible.com, where she reviews parenting memoirs. You may also read her very, very short stories on Twitter, as @motherhoodmag. Lisa is currently serving as Chief Operations Officer for umojawa.com, a crowdfunding platform for education.
Andie Fox writes about motherhood from feminist, political and personal perspectives. She is the author of the popular blog, blue milk, a blog that has been the recipient of multiple honors, and which was recently featured in Ms. Magazine. Fox is also a contributing author to the anthology, The 21st Century Motherhood Movement. Her writing has appeared on various blogs, including Moms Rising and Feministe, and she has presented at conferences on motherhood, work and family, feminism and social media. Fox also writes for The Guardian, Daily Life and Melbourne’s The Wheeler Centre. She is sometimes heard on Australia’s ABC radio.
Liz Henry writes about politics, pop culture and feminism. Her award-winning writing and hellraising have been featured in The New York Times, Jezebel, iVillage and sometimes she’s on TV. She is one of the two-percent of teen moms that graduated college before turning thirty. Follow her on Twitter or read her writing.
Heather Hewett is a writer and a professor. Her essays and reviews have appeared in a wide range of publications including The Washington Post, Women’s Review of Books, Brain, Child magazine, and A Slant of Light: Contemporary Women Writers of the Hudson Valley (Codhill Press). She also blogs about issues facing women and girls around the world for Girl w/ Pen. Online, she can also be found on Twitter @heatherhewett. Heather earned her Ph.D. in Literary Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and received her B.A. from Yale. She is currently an associate professor of English and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at the State University of New York at New Paltz, where she teaches classes in literature, women’s and gender studies, and nonfiction writing.
Stephanie Kaloi a mama, wife, photographer, editor, writer, and reader loving hard in Portland, Oregon. She spends most of her time as the managing editor of Offbeat Families and as a wedding photographer who travels up and down the coast (and to the woooorld) shooting and meeting new friends. Stephanie’s family is new to the wide world of homeschooling, and she chats about her family’s adventures and discoveries on Hipsters and Hillbillies from time to time. She loves her dudes, their adopted dogs, and their life together.
Joy Ladin is the David and Ruth Gottesman Professor of English at Stern College for Women of Yeshiva University. Her memoir, Through the Door of Life: A Jewish Journey Between Genders was a finalist for a 2012 National Jewish Book Award. She is the author of six books of poetry, including The Definition of Joy, Forward Fives Award winner Coming to Life, and Lambda Literary Award finalist Transmigration. She has been featured on On Being and several other NPR programs, and her poems and essays have been widely published. She serves on the Board of Keshet, a national organization working toward full inclusion of LGBTQ Jews in Jewish communities.
Sharon Lerner is a journalist who has covered a wide range of issues of concern to women for more than a decade. She is the author of “The War on Moms: On Life in a Family-Unfriendly Nation,” which NPR called “A stinging account of how public policy and private businesses have failed to adapt to working mothers.” Lerner is a Senior Fellow at Demos, a progressive think tank, and a regular contributor to a number of publications, including The American Prospect and The Nation. She has worked as a reporter for The Village Voice, where she wrote two regular columns and covered women’s issues and health, and as a public radio producer. Her written work has appeared in The New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, Slate, and Ms. among other publications. She is the recipient of numerous journalism awards including the Front Page Award for News Coverage, the Jane Cunningham Croly/GFWC Print Journalism Award for excellence in covering issues of concern to women; and the Ray Brunner Science Writing Award from the American Public Health Association. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two sons.
Anne-Marie Lindsey is the author of the popular personal blog, Do Not Faint, as well as the blog of the same name for Psychology Today. She also guest posts at parenting blog Fit for Moms, The Fearless Formula Feeder, and the Feminist Breeder Resource site. Anne-Marie’s writing is driven by her desire to chronicle her journey through planning a pregnancy, pregnancy itself and, finally, motherhood, in the face of a life-long struggle with severe anxiety and depression. In addition to mothering and writing, she has recently added a third career; inspired by her own empowering birthing experience, she has begun working towards her certification as a HypnoBirthing® Instructor. Anne-Marie hopes to write a memoir to reach even more women who have struggled to advocate for themselves while facing mental health challenges.
Erika Lust (Stockholm, 1977) is an independent erotic filmmaker, author, and founder of Erika Lust Films. After graduating from Lund University with a degree in Political Science with a focus on Feminism, Lust moved to Barcelona, where her production company was established in 2005. Since then, she has directed four award-winning erotic films – Five Hot Stories for Her, Barcelona Sex Project, Life Love Lust, and Cabaret Desire, as well as some shorts. Her current project, XCONFESSIONS, aims to unite art and sex in a collaboration with the public. Her written works include Good Porn: a Woman’s Guide, The Erotic Bible to Europe, Love Me Like You Hate Me, and La Canción de Nora. Lust is committed to forging a new concept of sexual expression within the adult film industry: with the inclusion of women’s voices, fresh aesthetics, and a humanistic approach to sex. Learn more at her website, on Twitter and Facebook.
Kimberly Morand is a registered nurse, freelance writer, and author of the awardwinning blog, All Work And No Play Makes Mommy Go Something Something. She began chronicling her battle with postpartum depression after the birth of her son in 2008. Writing openly and with brutal honesty, she was able to cope with her own personal struggles and in turn, she was able to use her blog as a platform to raise awareness about postpartum mood disorders. In 2010, she was diagnosed with bipolar 2 disorder and has since continued to write about her trials and triumphs with her own mind. She resides in Canada with her handsome son who brings her much light and laughter while simultaneously turning at least seven hairs grey every day, the family dog who, prefers to eat dirty underwear and her kitchen floor, and her expert spider killing husband, Shawn. He has held her hand tightly with love, strength and hope since day one and has never let it go.
Carla Naumburg, PhD, is a clinical social worker and perhaps the only Jewish mother in history who doesn’t cook. Carla writes the Mindful Parenting blog on PsychCentral and she is a contributing editor for Kveller.com. Her writing has been published in academic journals as well as The Huffington Post, The New York Times Motherlode Blog, and a number of other websites. Carla’s first book will be published by Parallax Press in the fall of 2014. Tentatively titled “Learning to Stay,” it will explore how to stay connected, grounded, and present in the work of parenting when all you want to do is run away. Carla lives outside of Boston with her husband and two daughters. You can follow Carla on Facebook and Twitter.
Nerissa Nields has been a member of the band The Nields since 1991. She has toured North America, been on major labels, played to tens of thousands from stages all across the continent and has passionate fans all over the world. Between the Nields and her duo with sister Katryna Nields, she has recorded and released sixteen CDs. Her first novel, Plastic Angel, was published by Scholastic Press in 2005. She is the author of How to Be an Adult: A Musician’s Guide to Navigating One’s 20s (Leveller’s Press/Mercy House 2008 and 2013). With Katryna, she wrote All Together Singing in the Kitchen: The Musical Family, on Roost Books (Shambhala) which came out in September 2011. She is currently working on her second novel, The Big Idea, the story of a rock band who is also a family. She maintains three blogs: May Day Café, Singing in the Kitchen, and How to Be an Adult. She is a cum laude graduate of Yale University and holds a BA with honors in English. She has taught creative writing, songwriting and the art of living well for her entire adult life. Trained as a life coach by Martha Beck, she runs writing workshops and retreats out of her home in Northampton, Massachusetts where she lives with her husband and children. For more information, visit www.nerissanields.com. Follow her on Twitter at NerKat; find her on Facebook at Nerissa Nields.
Abby Sher is a writer and performer living in Brooklyn, New York. Her memoir, Amen, Amen, Amen: Memoir of a Girl Who Couldn’t Stop Praying was published by Scribner in October, 2009. It got a nod from Oprah and won ELLE Readers’ Prize, Chicago Tribune’s Best of 2009, and Moment Magazine’s Emerging Writers Award. Abby also wrote a young adult book, Kissing Snowflakes for Scholastic in 2007. Abby writes for The New York Times, The L.A. Times, Self, Jane, Elle, Elle UK, Marie Claire, HeeB, Redbook, and is a regular contributor for Psychology Today. Before moving to New York, Abby wrote and performed for The Second City and ImprovOlympic. Today, she is working on a nonfiction book about sex-trafficking survivors. She also performs at different theaters in New York (usually in a moustache) and narrates audiobooks for kids. She is not afraid of dirt. Check out Abby’s blog for Psychology Today.
Naomi Shulman is a freelance writer. Her essays and articles have appeared in The New York Times, Real Simple, Ladies’ Home Journal, Whole Living, Babble, and many others. She was a staffer at Wondertime, the erstwhile, critically acclaimed parenting magazine, where she wrote for the magazine and the staff blog, and was also a regular contributor to AOL’s SlashFood and KitchenDaily. She is also a member of the Book Selection Committee for PJ Library, an award-winning program that sends free, high-quality Jewish children’s literature to families across North America. She lives in Northampton, MA, with her husband and two daughters, has recently completed her first children’s book, and is at work on a novel.
Deborah Siegel, PhD is the author of Sisterhood, Interrupted: From Radical Women to Grrls Gone Wild (Palgrave Macmillan), co-editor of the literary anthology Only Child (Random House), creator of the Girl w/Pen group blog, and co-founder of SheWrites.com. She is currently engaged in a multimedia experiment in thinking aloud, and in community, about the gendering of earliest childhood, which encompasses a TEDx talk, Pinterest board, Tumblr blog, and more. Her writing on women, contemporary families, sex, popular culture, and the unfinished business of feminism across generations has appeared in venues including CNN.com, The Washington Post, The Guardian, The Forward, Ms., and More. She has been featured on tv and radio including The Today Show, The Wendy Williams Experience, and Good Morning America Radio. Deborah earned her PhD in English and American Literature from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is a Visiting Scholar in Gender and Sexuality Studies at Northwestern University, Director of The OpEd Project’s Public Voices Fellowship at DePaul, and a recent recipient of a Ragdale writing residency. In addition to teaching and writing, Deborah coaches and consults with individuals, nonprofits, and companies seeking to expand their thought leadership and bring their expertise public in fresh and newfangled ways. She lives in Chicago with her husband and twins and lives online at www.deborahsiegelwrites.com.
Shay Stewart-Bouley M. Ed., is a Chicago native who relocated to Southern Maine in 2002. A graduate of DePaul University and Antioch University New England, she is the Executive Director of a faith-based non-profit community center focused on youth, and has a career in the non-profit and social services sectors that goes back to the mid-1990s. In 2003, Shay started writing periodically for publications such as the Portland Press Herald and the Journal Tribune, later that year landing her own column in the Portland Phoenix, “Diverse-City,” which she has used to share insight and commentary monthly on a variety of diversity issues ranging from race to class, gender relations to sexual orientation, and workplace issues to lifestyle choices.
In 2011, she won a New England Press Association Award for her work writing on diversity issues. In addition to her writing on diversity issues, since 2008, Shay has been a blogger at her personal site Black Girl in Maine where she admits she is a mother but not a mommy blogger, she pontificates on social issues but isn’t a social commentator per se, and she is a woman of color but not a race issue blogger. Her roles as mother, daughter, sister, wife, columnist and straddler (middle class but with a blue-collar upbringing) drive her to comment on many things and color her opinions on a multitude of issues, but in the end, she notes, “The truth is I am big mouth with an opinion on any and everything.”
Jessica Valenti – called one of the Top 100 Inspiring Women in the world by The Guardian – is the author of four books on feminism, politics and culture. Her third book, The Purity Myth: How America’s Obsession with Virginity is Hurting Young Women, won the 2010 Independent Publisher Book Award and was made into a documentary by the Media Education Foundation. She is also editor of the anthology Yes Means Yes: Visions of Female Sexual Power and a World Without Rape, which was named one of Publishers Weekly‘s Top 100 Books of 2009. Her latest book, Why Have Kids: A New Mom Explores the Truth About Parenting and Happiness, was called a “brave and bracing critique of our unrealistic parenting ideals” by ELLE magazine.
Jessica founded Feministing.com, which Columbia Journalism Review called “head and shoulders above almost any writing on women’s issues in mainstream media.” Her writing has appeared in The Washington Post, The Nation, The Guardian (UK), The American Prospect, Ms. magazine, Salon and Bitch magazine. She has won a Choice USA Generation award and the 2011 Hillman Journalism Prize for her work with Feministing.
Jessica lives in Brooklyn with her husband and daughter.
Candace Walsh is the author of Licking the Spoon: a Memoir of Food, Family, and Identity (Seal Press, 2012). She is also the co-editor, with Laura André, of Dear John, I Love Jane: Women Write About Leaving Men for Women (Seal Press, 2010), a Lambda Literary Award finalist; and the editor of Ask Me About My Divorce: Women Open Up About Moving On (Seal Press, 2009). She is the managing editor of New Mexico Magazine and was the features editor at Mothering magazine. Her articles, essays, and poems have been published in various national publications, the Huffington Post, and in the anthologies Here Come the Brides, and The Dressing Room. She recently served as faculty at the Wild Mountain Memoir Retreat. She’s on Facebook, on Twitter @candacewalsh, and on Pinterest. Learn more at candacewalsh.com.
Aly Windsor is a mother of two cheeky little boys, partner to a sociology professor, and news editor at SmartPlanet. Her essays have appeared online on sites like Huffington Post, Offbeat Families, and A Practical Wedding.Writing has always been her first love but she took an entrepreneurial detour after college into the wild world of home pet care before finding her way back to her editorial roots. Everything you think you know about pet sitting is wrong. One day she’ll write that book. Her personal blog can be found at EmbraceRelease.com.