Sandra Kim - Founder & Executive Director
Sandra is the Founder and Executive Director of Everyday Feminism, one of the fastest growing online feminist platforms. Launched in June 2012, Everyday Feminism has built a readership of 300,000 average monthly visitors to the online magazine and team of almost 20 writers. Sandra brings an inside-out approach to feminism because she believes personal transformation and social transformation are interdependent. She’s also pioneering an innovative online business model for feminism and social justice to make this work sustainable for activists. Sandra brings a wide range of approaches and skills to Everyday Feminism from her experience working with trauma survivors, healing and personal transformation, social change work, and life coaching. She is also a board member of Brown Boi Project, which is a community of masculine of center womyn, men, two-spirit people, trans* men, and our allies committed to transforming our privilege of masculinity, gender, and race into tools for achieving racial and gender justice. Sandra believes in living a life you love while creating social change in the world. So in addition to her work, she spends time knitting, gardening, and training in martial arts and parkour. Connect with her on LinkedIn. Read her articles here. Read more about her bio.
Derek Ellerman – Co-Owner and Lead Developer
Derek Ellerman co-founded Polaris Project, a leading international nonprofit organization combating human trafficking and modern-day slavery. He also serves as Board Chair of Groundswell, a national organization building new models for economic organizing in the clean energy economy. At age 26, Derek was elected as an Ashoka Fellow, joining the global association of social entrepreneurs as the youngest U.S. Fellow at the time. When not trying to save the world, Derek enjoys doing website development, writing, vegetarian cooking, meditation, guitar, and rambling in the backwoods of his home in West Virginia. Read more about his bio.
Melissa A. Fabello – Editor
Melissa is a domestic violence prevention and sexuality educator, eating disorder and body image activist, and media literacy vlogger based out of Philadelphia. She holds a B.S. in English Education from Boston University and an M.Ed. in Human Sexuality from Widener University, where her research focus was in the media’s perpetuating of societal myths and how it affects healthy sexual development in adolescent girls. Along with Everyday Feminism, Melissa also currently works with Miss Representation on her YouTube channel, where she makes videos about the relationships between gender and media. In the past, Melissa has also done extensive work for HollaBack!, Adios Barbie, and Laci Green’s Sex+ community. She enjoys rainy days, tattoos, yin yoga, Jurassic Park, and the occasional Taylor Swift song. Melissa can be reached on Tumblr or Twitter @fyeahmfabello. Read her articles here and book her for speaking engagements here.
Raquel Reichard – Social Media Manager
Raquel is a Latina feminist, multimedia journalist, and social media strategist based in New York City. She holds a B.S. in Journalism from the University of Central Florida and is pursuing a Master’s degree at New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study with a concentration in Gender, Race, and New Media. Raquel has done social media, graphic design, and writing for numerous feminist organizations including Adios Barbie, Feminspire, Stop Street Harassment, Women for Afghan Women, and Latinitas magazine. Follow her on Tumblr or Twitter @raquelreichard. Read her articles here.
Akilah S. Richards – Contributing Writer
Akilah guides women through a process of self-inquiry and unfiltered exploration she calls RADICAL SELF-EXPRESSION. Through her work at The Life Design Agency, women address and resolve emotionally unsustainable lifestyle habits and mindsets. She’s a Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE) and international speaker and has authored several books on spiritual entrepreneurship, free-range learning, and ditching the myth of work-life balance. She has been featured in Essence, Clutch, and Real Simple magazines, and online at TinyBuddha.com, MSNBC’s Today Moms, RollingOut.com, CNN.com and MyBrownBaby.com. Akilah blogs about unschooling her warrior princesses, her bouts of fruitarianism, her big, fat, emotional marriage, and other “execumama” topics over at execumama.com. She then photo-blabs about it all on her Instagram feed.
Amy Shackelford – Forum Manager & Online Community Manager
Amy is a senior at Wake Forest University studying Communication and Women’s and Gender Studies & Sexuality. She co-founded Gender Equality Allies, a student organization that aims to educate and raise awareness to gender issues such as body image, sexual misconduct, and stereotypes. Recently, Amy traveled to Paris to research the concept of beauty. Post-grad, she hopes to work for a feminist organization to fight injustice and spread the message of self-love. She also enjoys chocolate, traveling, and Shania Twain, always. Find her on Twitter @AnthemofAmy and Tumblr.
Amy Sun – Contributing Writer
Amy Sun is a life-long educator and proud feminist. She is originally from south Florida, but she likes to pretend she is from Hawai’i. After graduating from the University of Miami (Go Canes!) with a major in Child Psychology, she taught middle and high school mathematics in Hawai’i. Amy earned her Masters in Education from the University of Hawai’i and her Masters degree in Women’s Studies from the George Washington University. Although her life’s passion is in gender and education, Amy’s interests also include street harassment, the APIA community, transgender* rights, and the ASMR (autonomous sensory meridian response) phenomena. She currently lives in DC and rues cold weather. Amy coaches new teachers in the classroom by day and teaches graduate-level classes for Masters of Education candidates by night. She watches at least two cat videos each day, loves to talk about zombie apocalypse escape plans, and needs to get paid for her people-watching (because she is very good at it). Read her articles here.
Cynthia Kane – Contributing Writer
Cynthia has her B.A. from Bard College and M.F.A. from Sarah Lawrence College. Her writing has appeared in numerous magazines, newspapers, and journals including: wandermelon.com, VegNews, Pregnancy, Yoga Journal, Bridal Guide, The Jerusalem Post, and more. She has published short stories as well as Take a Hike: The Best 50 Routes in the Community of Madrid (Ediciones la Libreria, May 2011). Cynthia mentors individuals to live deliberately. For a free consultation, contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more of Cynthia’s writing, visit her website or follow her on Twitter. Read her articles here.
Danica Johnson – Contributing Writer
Danica is the Communications Manager at the Coalition on Human Needs, an alliance of national organizations working together to promote public policies which address the needs of low-income and other vulnerable populations. Social justice has always been a central focus for Danica with her starting to campaign on pro-worker union issues at the tender age of eight. Now living in Washington, DC, this West Coast native uses her free time to write for her blog Duckyfem, practice yoga, read, work on her photography, travel, and try new restaurants. Having grown up on a farm, she also tries to spend as much time with animals and in nature as possible. Danica has a BA in History with minors in Political Science and Spanish from UCLA. Follow her on Twitter @duckyfem. Read her articles here.
Erin McKelle – Project Assistant & Contributing Writer
Erin is an e-activist, video blogger, student and non-profit advocate. As a fierce feminist, she has launched several projects including Fearless Feminism and Consent is Sexy, a web series about healthy sexuality. She will be attending Ohio University in May as a Women’s Studies major. She works with Scenarios USA as a youth blogger and a co-founding member of the I Will End Sexual Violence campaign on Tumblr. She is also a columnist for Fearless Press where she writes about gender and sexuality. She also has written for publications such as Brainwash Magazine, Stop Street Harassment and The F Bomb. Erin also enjoys volunteer work and has given her time to numerous organizations such as WiserEarth, LEGACY and MoveOn.org. In her spare time, Erin enjoys reading, writing bad poetry, drawing, politics and reality TV. You can find her blogging at Fearless Feminism, Facts About Feminism, and Period Positive.
Erin Tatum – Contributing Writer
Erin is a recent graduate of the University of California, Berkeley with a major in film and a minor in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender studies. In addition to Everyday Feminism, she’s also a weekly contributor to Bitch Flicks. She hopes to pursue further graduate studies in gender and sexuality. She is a complete television junkie because she’s fascinated with how marginalized identities (particularly gender, sexuality, and ability) are portrayed in media. She hopes to one day work in television or media with the aim of diversifying representation. Follow her on Twitter @ErinTatum91 and read her articles here.
Fabian Romero – Contributing Writer
Fabian Romero is a Two Spirit Queer Chicano poet, blogger, and community organizer. Their sincere poetry and stories stem from their experiences as an Economic Refugee, speaking two languages, Queerness, and working as a migrant laborer. Fabian was born in Michoacán, Mexico and came to North America when they were seven years old. Since 2007, they have performed poetry and facilitated anti-oppression and self care workshops throughout North America. Their poetry and stories have been published in several zines and publications including Uproot zine, Troubling the Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetry and Poetics and To The Exclusion of All Others: Queers Questioning Gay Marriage. Currently they are pursuing a BA at Evergreen State College with a focus in writing, social justice and education. Learn more about their writing here and read their articles here.
Golda Poretsky – Contributing Writer
Golda is a certified holistic health counselor and founder of Body Love Wellness, which offers one-to-one and group coaching for plus-sized women who are fed up with dieting and want support to stop obsessing about food and weight. Her Health At Every Size® based programs and activism work have been featured on CBS’s The Early Show, ABC’s Nightline, NBC’s LX New York and in Time Out New York. She is the author of Stop Dieting Now: 25 Reasons To Stop, 25 Ways To Heal, available in softcover and Kindle. Golda has also hosted major body positive online events, including The Body Love Revolutionaries Telesummit, the HAES® Master Class and the Body Positive Dating Master Class. Follow her on Twitter as @bodylovewellnes and check out her Facebook page here. Read her articles here and book her for speaking engagements here.
Jamie Utt – Contributing Writer
Jamie is the Founder and Director of Education at CivilSchools, a comprehensive bullying prevention program, a diversity and inclusion consultant, and sexual violence prevention educator based in Minneapolis, MN. He lives with his loving partner and his funtastic dog. He blogs weekly at Change from Within. Learn more about his work at his website here and follow him on Twitter @utt_jamie. Read his articles here and book him for speaking engagements here.
Jarune Uwujaren – Contributing Writer
Jarune Uwujaren is a Nigerian-American recent grad who’s stumbling towards a career in writing. Jarune can currently be found drifting around the DC metro area with a phone or a laptop nearby. When not writing for fun or profit, Jarune enjoys food, fresh air, good books, drawing, poetry, and sci-fi. Read their articles here.
Kai M. Green – Contributing Writer
Kai is a filmmaker and a spoken word poet who examines through film and poetry questions of gendered and racialized violence. His most recent film, “It Gets Messy in Here,” is a 32-minute short that examines the lives of transgender men and masculine identified women of color and their bathroom experiences. Kai is a PhD candidate in the department of American Studies and Ethnicity at The University of Southern California. He is currently writing a dissertation that will serve as one historical/ethnographic account of Black LGBT lives in Los Angeles. Kai is committed to creating consciousness-raising art and scholarship. Learn more about him on Youtube and his blogs, Kai’s (Bi)Weekly Jams and In The Darkness: My Dissertation Journey. Follow him on Twitter @Kai_MG. Read his articles here and book him for speaking engagements here.
Kat Lazo - Contributing Writer
Kat is a graduate of The Fashion Institute of Technology where she studied Advertising and Marketing Communications. In order to combat the skewed-sexist messages of advertising she decided to create her own YouTube Channel: TheeKatsMeoww. With her love of media literacy, feminist beliefs, and a dash of humor, she aims to empower and educate the youth. When she’s not vlogging, she’s out creating video content with her best friend through their own production company; June Baby Productions. Follow her on Twitter, Tumblr, and Facebook. Read more of her writing here and her Everyday Feminism articles here.
Kelsey Lueptow – Contributing Writer
Kelsey is a small town amateur yogi, poet, and feminist from Wisconsin. She’s a single mother and seasonal waitress working on a Bachelor’s degree in Creative Writing and Women’s Studies. Caffeine addict and book enthusiast, Kelsey spends her time playing with her son and hanging out at coffee shops. Read her articles here.
Kristin Chaney – Online Community Manager
An Indiana native, Kristin moved to Arizona shortly after graduating from Indiana University in 2008. Back in her home state, Kristin interned with Unite HERE! and the Hotel Workers Rising Campaign, but once she arrived in Phoenix, she became active with women’s rights and volunteered for several years with Planned Parenthood of Arizona before joining NARAL Pro-Choice Arizona as the C4 Board Chair. Kristin participated in the 2012 Center for Progressive Leadership fellowship and has since entrenched herself with those seeking to make a substantive change in Arizona. Kristin recently completed the Paralegal Studies program at Phoenix College, and will begin a Masters in Public Policy at Arizona State University this fall. She is a yoga enthusiast, a David Foster Wallace fanatic, and believes that bacon is a condiment.
Laura Kacere – Contributing Writer
Laura is a feminist activist, social justice organizer, clinic escort, and yogi living in Washington, D.C. After graduating from the University of Iowa with degrees in Gender Studies and Anthropology, she spent a year doing restorative justice and support work in Iowa’s women’s prison, then moved to Washington, D.C. to organize students around abortion access on their campuses and in their communities. Laura is co-coordinator of the Washington Area Clinic Defense Task Force, teaches yoga with the intent of making it accessible to all, and does outreach for the DC-based sex worker support organization, HIPS. When she isn’t on her mat or at the clinic, she’s usually thinking about zombies, playing violin, eating Lebanese food, and wishing she had a cat. Follow her on Twitter @Feminist_Oryx.
Maddie McClouskey – Contributing Writer
Maddie McClouskey is a writer and performer in New York City. She has a background in musical theatre but recently found her voice writing for feminist sites and stand-up comedy. In addition to EverydayFeminism, she writes a weekly lesbian dating advice column on the app/website SheSeekOnline.com and wrote for Melissa Fabello’s site ToughxCookies. When she isn’t writing, Maddie loves making up jokes on Twitter @soundofmaddie, working with children, watching bad TV shows, and singing show tunes to her girlfriend and dog against their will. Read her articles here.
Margaret Kammer – Online Community Manager
Margaret is a video blogger, University of Washington graduate (with a BA in English Literature), and food enthusiast with a tendency to turn hobbies and interests into lifestyles. She currently lives in Washington state and has post-graduate hopes of combining her editorial interests, librarian experience, social media presence, and activism into one alpha career of awesome. Follow her musings about everything from body positivity to Harry Potter on Twitter, or on Tumblr.
Michael Urbina – Online Community Manager
Michael will be graduating this year from Saint Mary’s College of California as a double major in Sociology and Women’s and Gender Studies. Based in San Francisco, he is a passionate writer, activist, and Salvadorian-American feminist blogger at MichaelUrbina.com, where he writes about race, gender, masculinity, and men in feminism. Post-graduation, Michael will be focusing on online blogging and pursuing a Ph.D in Feminist Studies. Follow him on Twitter @michael_urbina
Paige Lucas-Stannard - Contributing Writer
Paige is a parenting educator and writer and the founder of ParentingGently.com, which offers resources to help progressive parents find their authentic voices and implement respectful, values-based (and fun!) parenting in their homes . Her popular parenting Q&A column is now a YouTube show called Gentle Parenting Answers with Paige. She is also an advocate for breaking the confines placed on kids by the gender binary and is the author of Gender Neutral Parenting: Raising kids with the freedom to be themselves. She lives in small-town Ohio with her 3 IVF kids and partner, Pete. She also likes social media way too much so follow her on Twitter @babydust, on Facebook, and on Pinterest. Read her articles here and book her for speaking engagements here.
Patricia Valoy – Contributing Writer
Patricia Valoy is a Dominican women’s rights advocate and a trained Civil Engineer. She combines her experiences as a Latina and an engineer to advocate and inspire girls considering careers in the fields of STEM. Patricia also speaks and writes on a variety of issues affecting the Latin@ community including safe abortion access, racism, immigration, cultural and religious pressures, and living at the intersection of two cultures. Most of her writings can be found on her blog Womanisms, or at Flyover Feminism and Sex and Fessenjoon. Patricia was formerly a host at Let Your Voice Be Heard! Radio where she spoke about political and social issues. Follow her on Twitter @Besito86. Read her articles here.
Sara Alcid – Contributing Writer
Sara is a young feminist living and working in Washington, DC as a reproductive health and justice advocate. She grew up in a small town in Idaho and recently graduated from Bryn Mawr College, where she studied Political Science and Gender & Sexuality Studies. Sara loves thinking, reading and writing about the socially and personally transformative power of feminism, queer issues, and women’s health. Follow her on Twitter @SaraAlcid. Read her articles here and book her for speaking engagements here.
Shannon Ridgway – Contributing Writer
Shannon is from the great flyover state of South Dakota (the one with the monument of presidential heads). She has a B.A. in Spanish and Sociology, and is currently pursuing a second degree in Journalism and Women’s Studies. She is passionate about all things feminist and currently volunteers at her local NARAL Pro-Choice chapter. In her free time, Shannon enjoys reading, writing, jamming out to ’80s music and Zumba, and she will go to great lengths to find the perfect enchilada. She dreams of effecting great change in the world by working for a nonprofit agency or an organization that works toward social revolution. In the meantime, she’ll just try to make people laugh. Follow her on Twitter @sridgway1980. Read her articles here.
Dr. Venus Evans-Winters - Contributing Writer
Dr. Evans-Winters is an Associate Professor of Education and has dedicated her life to community service, women’s empowerment, and educational reform. She holds a Doctorate degree in Educational Policy Studies with a specialization in the Sociology of Education and Anthropology of Education and Masters degree in Social Work and is a certified school social worker. Dr. Evans-Winters research interests are the schooling of African American female students, urban children and adolescents, critical race theory in education, and feminism(s). She’s also the founder of the Circle of Sisterhood program and a psychotherapist in private practice. In her free time, she mentors college students preparing them for post-graduate degrees and prepares the next generation of preK-12 educators and higher education scholars to engage in critical dialogue on social and educational equity. She’s author of the book, Teaching Black Girls: Resiliency in Urban Classrooms, and several academic journal articles and book chapters. Read her academic work here and her online musings at The Freire Project and Teaching Urban Children & Adolescents. Follow her on Twitter @ileducprof and #BlackEdu and on Facebook. Read her articles here.
Virgie Tovar, MA – Contributing Writer
Virgie is one of the nation’s leading experts and lecturers on fat discrimination and body image. She is the editor of Hot & Heavy: Fierce Fat Girls on Life, Love and Fashion. She holds a Master’s degree in Human Sexuality with a focus on the intersections of body size, race and gender. After teaching “Female Sexuality” at the University of California at Berkeley, where she completed a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science in 2005, she went onto host “The Virgie Show” (CBS Radio) in San Francisco. She is certified as a sex educator and was voted Best Sex Writer by the Bay Area Guardian in 2008 for her first book. Virgie and her work have been featured by MTV, the San Francisco Chronicle, Bust Magazine, Jezebel, 7×7 Magazine, XOJane, Golden Gate Express, the East Bay Express, and SF Weekly as well as on Women’s Entertainment Television and The Ricki Lake Show. She lives in San Francisco and offers workshops, lectures and coaching nationwide. Find her online at www.virgietovar.com.