EVERYDAY FEMINISM

Meet the Team

Sandra Kim – Founder & CEO

SandraHeadshot-600pxSandra Kim is the Founder and CEO as well as the Co-Publisher of Everyday Feminism. Launched in June 2012, Everyday Feminism has become one of the most popular independent feminist media sites in the world, with over 4.5 million monthly visitors from over 200 countries and a team of almost 30 writers. EF takes an intersectional approach to feminism, addressing the daily issues people face around gender, sexuality, race, class, and more, and how we can create change in our lives and our communities. As a genderqueer person of color from an immigrant family, Sandra is committed to an intersectional feminism that focuses on personal and social liberation for everyone. 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. She is an advisory board member for FORCE: Upsetting Rape Culture, which promotes consent and uplifts the experiences of survivors of rape and abuse. 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 LinkedInread her articles, or book her for speaking engagementsRead more about her bio. 

Derek Ellerman – Co-Publisher

Derek-Headshot-4-14Derek Ellerman is the Co-Publisher of Everyday Feminism, focusing on organizational strategy and overseeing site development, traffic optimization, and revenue generation. As a bi-racial, genderqueer Buddhist, he strives to fuse the radical acceptance of Buddhism with the anti-oppression lens of intersectional feminism to shape both his personal practice and professional work. He co-founded and co-directed Polaris, a leading international nonprofit organization combating modern-day slavery. He also currently 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 working on various start-ups (or dreaming up new ones), Derek is usually listening to history podcasts, cooking Chinese food, trying out new hobbies, or rambling in the backwoods of his home in West Virginia. Read more about his bio.

Melissa A. Fabello – Co-Managing Editor

Melissa A. FabelloMelissa A. Fabello is the Managing Editor of Everyday Feminism. She’s also 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. She is currently working on her PhD. 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 and book her for speaking engagements.

Jezebel Delilah X – Co-Managing Editor

Jezebel-Delilah-X-2Jezebel Delilah X is the Co-Managing Editor at Everyday Feminism. She is a queer, lush-bodied, Black, femme performance artist, writer, actress, educator, and Faerie Princess Mermaid Gangsta for The Revolution. She is also the Senior Editor for Black Girl Dangerous; Director of Training at Peacock Rebellion (QTPOC Activist-Artist-Healers); co-host of the queer/feminist Open Mic, Culture Fuck; Director of queer, Black, multi-disciplinary performance troupe, Congregation of Liberation; and one of the founding members of Deviant Type Press. She has performed in a wide variety of Queer and Queer People Of Color theatre projects and cabarets, and been a featured reader at literary events all over the Bay Area. She loves romantic songs, romantic films, romantic books, romantic conversations, romantic friendships, and writing long, vulnerable Facebook statuses (about romance). Speaking of Facebook, please add her here.

Margaret Kammer – Assistant Editor

MargaretKammerMargaret is an intersectional feminist, video blogger, mental health advocate, enemy of internalized misogyny, and a proud Gryffindor. She recently graduated from the University of Washington with a BA in English Literature. She started vlogging on the YouTube channel JustMargaret in 2008. She now uses the platform to discuss confused twenty-something feelings and feminist issues in the YouTube community. When she’s not writing, editing, or Tumbling, Margaret can be found fantasizing about building her own tiny house and emotionally bonding with every cat she meets. Follow her on Twitter @itsjustmargaret.

Akilah S. Richards – Contributing Writer

Akilah S. RichardsAkilah S. Richards 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 speaker and has authored several books on spiritual entrepreneurshipfree-range learning, and radical self-expression. 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, location independence, her big, fat, emotional marriage, and other “life design” topics over at radicalselfie.com. She then photo-blabs about it all on her Instagram feedRead her articles.

Aliya Khan – Contributing Writer

aliyaAliya Khan is a feminist, activist, and life-long learner. She received her BS in Psychology from Indiana State University and her MA in Psychology from Chatham University. In Pittsburgh, she provided crisis support to survivors of abuse at the Women’s Center and Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh. She also worked with adolescents and young adults on developing activism and media literacy skills. She is currently studying Counseling Psychology and Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Oregon. She is actively involved in Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon and is passionate about promoting reproductive justice. Aliya is also a co-founder of Empowertainment, a blog focused on gender, media, and mental health. When she’s not fighting the patriarchy, she is trying to outscore her bowling average and acclimating to the Pacific Northwest one donut shop at a time. Read her articles here.

Ally Boguhn – Contributing Writer

Ally BoghunAlly Boguhn is a feminist activist and media researcher living and working in Washington, DC. She completed both her B.A. in Communications and Art History as well as her M.S. in Professional Communications at Clark University, where she researched abortion debate rhetoric. Ally is also the founder and editor of Because I am a Woman, a blog devoted to intersectional feminism and reproductive justice. In her spare time, you can find her at an art museum, consuming massive amounts of coffee while writing, or trying to convince her cat to go for walk. You can follow Ally on Twitter @AllyBoguhn. Read her articles.

Amy Sun – Contributing Writer

Amy SunAmy 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.

Ann Brasco – Contributing Writer

Ann BrascoAnn Brasco is a writer, public speaker, advocate, and mother. She earned her B.A. in both English and criminal justice from Caldwell University. She received her Master’s Degree in social work from New York University where she was awarded the Dr. Georgia L. McMurray Student Award for her outstanding contribution to services to children and families. Ann is a weekly parenting writer on nj.com. Her children’s book, Sweetie’s Search for a Forever Home in the Garden State, will be available online and in bookstores this September. Ann spends most of her time in northern New Jersey and Charleston, South Carolina. She is the wife of one lovable husband, as well as the mom of three feisty daughters and three spirited rescue dogs. Follow Ann on Twitter @AnnBrasco or on her Facebook page. Read her articles.

Anni Liu – Contributing Writer

Anni LiuBorn in China and raised in Ohio by her fierce single mother, Anni Liu is a young cisgender woman who recently moved to rural Vermont after graduating from Ohio Wesleyan University (and its House of Peace and Justice) to be near her favorite puppet theater and live amongst happy cows. She is interested in transnational feminism, wholeness in an intercultural life, making and being exposed to art, fighting violent capitalism, and being truly present. During school hours, you can find her working with kids with emotional and behavioral challenges at an alternative school. She spends the rest of her time preparing to take the world by storm, or reading poetry and theory whilst whistling to her parakeets Gogo and Didi. Read her articles here.

Andrew Hernann – Contributing Writer

Andrew HernannAndrew Hernann is a public anthropologist and teacher. He is completing his PhD in cultural anthropology at the Graduate Center, City University of New York, and he adjuncts at John Jay College of Criminal Justice (CUNY) and Baruch College (CUNY). Andrew bases his research out of West Africa and the Sahara, working on issues of human rights, labor and religion. In his spare time, you can find Andrew placating his dog, Pip, who he’s convinced is an evil genius. You can follow him @AndrewHernannRead his articles.

Aph Ko – Contributing Writer

Aph KoAph Ko is an intersectional feminist invested in exploring new ways of resisting systems of domination through self-care and pleasure. She has a B.A. in Women’s and Gender Studies, and an M.A. in Communication/Cultural Studies. Aph is the creator of the [ratchet] web-series, “Tales from the Kraka Tower,” which centers on the problematic ways academic diversity is employed to reinforce whiteness, ableism, and tokenism. Her show has been featured on SlateEbonythe Feminist Wire, and Clutch Magazine. Aph loves merging digital media with feminism and anti-racism. Aph is interested in critical media literacy, and engages with popular controlling images of race, gender, and sexuality. In addition to deconstructing these images, Aph has a new burgeoning interest that centers on identity negotiations in mixed-race/bi-racial populations. As a Black polish woman from an immigrant family, Aph is interested in grappling with cultural citizenship and belonging. Aph is also a musician and sings and plays guitar and drums. She is also extremely sarcastic and loves binge watching the Twilight Zone. In her free time, she tends to re-read Angela Davis’ autobiography. Follow her on Facebook hereRead her articles.

Ashley Truong – Contributing Writer

Ashley TruongAshley Truong is a queer diasporic Vietnamese writer. She graduated this spring with a double degree in English and Asian American Studies from UCLA and is currently applying to MFA programs for Creative Writing. She doesn’t know when exactly she became a feminist, just that she learned about it through social media and thought, “Wow, this explains so many things about my life.” She believes that feminist activism — as well as any other kind of activism — can be done through many mediums, including creative work. As such, she strives to incorporate feminism, anti-racism, and queer rights in her writing. She writes about diasporic queer Asian experiences, which is just a fancy way of saying that she likes to write about queer Asian characters and the complicated ways in which they grow up. Other interests include fantasy, fairy tales, comics, and the great and terrible city of Los Angeles. You can find her work on her personal blog and read her Everyday Feminism articles here.  Follow her on twitter @truongashleyq.

Carmen Rios – Contributing Writer

Carmen RiosCarmen Rios splits her time disparately between feminist rabble-rousing, writing, public speaking, and flower-picking. A professional feminist by day and overemotional writer by night, Carmen is currently Communications Coordinator at the Feminist Majority Foundation and the Feminism and Community Editor at Autostraddle. In the past, she’s blogged for the SPARK Movement and served as a Mic writer and Managing Editor of THE LINE Campaign blog.​ Her successful work for over five years in digital feminism – ranging from Hollaback!’s successful launching Kickstarter campaign to the viral #EducateCoaches petition on Change – has earned her the titles of “digital native,” “intimidating to some,” and “vapid and uninteresting.” Carmen is mother to the most adorable dog on Earth and hates paying more than one dollar for a good slice of pizza. You can follow her on Twitter @c_rios and Tumblr to learn more about her feelings. Read her articles here.

Danica Johnson – Contributing Writer

Danica JohnsonDanica Johnson 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.

Denarii Monroe – Contributing WriterDenarii Monroe

Denarii is a poor, fat, polyamorous, bisexual, agnostic theist, African-American cisgender woman with multiple disabilities in her late twenties. A native New Yorker, she has been involved in social justice activism in some capacity since her days as a queer student leader at Rutgers University (New Brunswick). It was there, as an English major, that she first discovered various aspects of social justice, including Black, queer, and women’s liberation. She left college without graduating and spent three years as an employee with Target Corp., where her passion for workers, unions, and labor secretly grew. She has also become a fierce advocate for the fat acceptance movement, after discovering the “Health at Every Size” (HAES) philosophy and intuitive eating a few years ago. She finally graduated with her BA in 2011, and the next year she began a graduate program in Adolescent Education at Pace University (NYC). She has two years of a Master’s under her belt, but due to financial constraints has yet to receive her degree. Denarii is a syndicated writer for BlogHer.com and an aspiring screenwriter with a passion for youth and young adults. She is a part-time domestic worker to help make ends’ meet while continuing to job hunt. Denarii is also currently applying to multiple screenwriting competitions and labs in the hopes of getting her radical ass in the door. She loves eggnog, wine, horror films, and Hanson (yes, Hanson). She loves to laugh, dismantle oppression through art, and make all kinds of love.You can follow her on Facebook and Twitter @writersdelite. You can read her previous essays here, here, and here. And you can read her Everyday Feminism articles here.

Ellen Friedrichs – Contributing Writer

Ellen FriedrichsEllen Friedrichs is a health educator, sometime writer, and mom. After doing a BA in Women’s Studies in her hometown of Vancouver, Ellen moved to New York where she did a Master’s degree in Health and Human Sexuality Education. Since then, she has worked at Manhattan’s Museum of Sex, developed sex education curricula in Mumbai, India, and run HIV prevention programs for at-risk teens in the South Bronx. Currently, Ellen teaches human sexuality at Brooklyn College (something she also did at Rutgers University). For the past eight years, her main gig has been coordinating the middle and high school health education program at a school in Brooklyn. Ellen also runs About.com’s LGBT Teens site. Before that, she wrote for Planned Parenthood’s teen website and blogged about sex education for gURL.com. More of Ellen’s writing can be found here. In addition to work-related projects, Ellen spends a lot of time with her 8- and 5-year old kids, tries to find time to run, and dreams of learning another language. Follow her on Twitter @ellenkatefRead her articles.

Erin Tatum – Contributing Writer

Erin TatumErin Tatum 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.

Jamie Utt – Contributing Writer

Jamie Utt 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.

Jack Qu’emi – Contributing Writer

Jack Qu'emiJack Qu’emi is a Caribbean, nonbinary queer and a deep appreciator of all things glitter. They are an occasional blogger, queer-oriented sex education facilitator, and frequent volunteer. They’ve spent the better part of the last five years working in various social justice movements and have a BA from the University of Central Florida. You can usually find them covered in the fur of their pets (two cats and one dog), obnoxiously undulating to the sound of every Beyoncé album in existence. When they aren’t navigating post-grad-quarter-life-stability crises, they bang out some rad articles for Everyday Feminism. You can find them on Twitter @bunnibutts. Read their articles.

Jarune Uwujaren – Contributing Writer

Jarune Uwujaren is a Nigerian-American student 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.

Jaymie Campbell – Coming Out Course Leader

Jaymie CampbellJaymie Campbell is the Course Leader of the upcoming Coming Out Course. He brings together his own experiences with coming out as a queer and transgender youth of color and his work in social services, research, and education on LGBTQ issues. Because of his personal experience, Jaymie is pursuing an Ph.D in Human Sexuality Studies and is committed to improving the resources and experiences of LGBTQQ youth in the U.S. He currently works as the Ally Safe Schools Program Coordinator at Mazzoni Center in Philadelphia, and collaborates with LGBTQQ youth and allies to establish and build capacity for Gay Straight/Queer Straight Alliances (GSA/QSA’s) all over Pennsylvania. He has a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology and a Bachelor of Arts in Feminist Studies. He loves mentoring youth and providing information not only about sexual health but also one’s overall sense of wellness.

Jenika McCrayer – Contributing Writer

Jenika McCrayerJenika McCrayer is a Virginia native and has a BA in Women and Gender Studies from The College of William and Mary. She is currently pursuing an MA in the same field. This AmeriCorps alumna is passionate about community service and strives for a better understanding of how to mobilize marginalized populations through service and activism. Jenika  also enjoys good books, bad horror films, naps, and the beach. Follow her on Twitter @JenikaMc. Read her articles here. 

Jon Greenberg – Contributing Writer

Jon Greenberg is an award-winning public high school teacher in Seattle who has gained broader recognition for standing up for racial dialogue in the classroom — with widespread support from community — while a school district attempted to stifle it. Privileged in nearly every way possible (with the exception of hair privilege), he has long dedicated his teaching career to social justice and civic engagement. Before joining Everyday Feminism, his writing had been published in The Seattle Times and Understanding and Dismantling Privilege. To learn more about Jon Greenberg, visit his website. You can also follow him on Facebook and Tumblr. He has presented his inspirational story of the benefits (and costs) of social justice teaching at numerous universities, as well as an educators’ conference. Book him for speaking engagements here. Follow him on Twitter @citizenshipsj. Read his articles here.

Kat Lazo –  Contributing Vlogger

Kat LazoKat Lazo 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 TwitterTumblr, and Facebook. Read more of her writing here and Everyday Feminism articles and book her for speaking engagements.

Kaylee Jakubowski – Contributing Writer

Kaylee JakubowskiKaylee Jakubowski is a trans, queer feminist who prides herself on being an educator on issues of queerness and gender. She is in her last semester at Winona State University in Minnesota pursuing a B.S. in Statistics with a minor in Women’s & Gender Studies. She is currently volunteering at the Women’s Resource Center of Winona answering the domestic violence/sexual assault crisis line and creating a database and quarterly statistics report for the center. Kaylee prides herself on being both an educator and a tough-as-nails activist in her campus and community and wants to work as a statistical researcher to begin gathering data and spreading education on trans* folks. She is also in the process of writing a book that will formally organize and explain gender philosophies within the trans community. Feel free to add her on Facebook, follow her on Tumblr and her personal blog, or see what she’s up to musically. Read her articles.

Kel Kray – Contributing Writer

Kel KrayKel Kray is a fiercely friendly social justice warrior who spends their days advocating with and on behalf of queer youth at an LGBTQIA+ youth center in Philly. A firm believer in the transformative power of dialogue, Kel coordinates a youth-driven education and training program that facilitates community workshops on gender and sexuality with an intersectional lens. A righteous product of the Midbest, Kel earned a Bachelor of Women’s Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Master of Social Work at the University of Pennsylvania. When not shaking a fist, Kel can be found wearing printed leggings, eating a hearty casserole, and doing a crossword while their snugglebuddy Tum Tum Geraldine naps on their lap. Follow Tum Tum on Instagram @peeping_tum. Read Kel’s articles here.

Laura Kacere – Contributing Writer

Laura KacereLaura Kacere is a feminist activist and organizer, grad school student, clinic escort, and yoga instructor living in Chicago. Laura is dedicated to doing work that supports the trans* community, challenges the prison industrial complex, and removes all barriers to abortion access. Since receiving her undergraduate degree in Women’s Studies at the University of Iowa, Laura has done restorative justice and support work in Iowa’s women’s prison, then moved to Washington, D.C. where she organized students around abortion access through the Feminist Majority Foundation, co-coordinated the Washington Area Clinic Defense Task Forceand did outreach for the sex worker support organization, HIPS. She recently moved to Chicago to study at Adler University, where she studies mental health from a social justice perspective, organizes with Students for Justice in Palestine, and works for the Institute on Social Exclusion. When she isn’t face-deep in textbooks, she’s usually thinking about zombies, playing music, eating Lebanese food, and wishing she was surrounded by trees. Follow her on Twitter @Feminist_OryxRead her articles.

Michal ‘MJ’ Jones – Contributing Writer

Michal "MJ" JonesMichal “MJ” Jones is an awkward, Black, non-binary queer educator, activist, and musician writing to you from Oakland, CA. They’re hella into building spaces for queer and trans* youth of color, practicing kindness, using education as a tool of liberation, and making the personal political. They earned their BA in Sociology from Sonoma State University, where they served as president of the Queer Straight Alliance and advocated for students of color. They went on to earn an MA in Student Development Administration from Seattle University and remain committed to improving access and retention to higher education. Listen to their music or read more of their work. Follow them on Twitter @JustSayMJ and read their Everyday Feminism articles here.

Michelle Dominique Burk – Contributing Writer

Michelle Dominique BurkMichelle Dominique Burk is a writer (mostly a poet) with a background in social justice and education. She received her BA in English Literature with a focus in Creative Writing and a minor in Women’s and Gender Studies from Roosevelt University. She has worked with several organizations in Chicago and Washington, DC assisting first-generation and low-income students prepare for and excel at the collegiate level, and has created and facilitated a workshop series called Unified Strength, which focused on nurturing a safe space for middle school students to discuss a variety of topics around issues of social injustice. She is currently pursuing her MFA in Creative Writing at Columbia University. She loves animals, pop culture analysis, and she finds New York City to be both wonderful and terrifying. Read her articles here.

Milo Todd – Contributing Writer

Milo ToddMilo Todd is a freelance writer and journalist. He holds a double BA in Philosophy and Gender Theory with focuses in feminist phenomenology, queer phenomenology, and post-positivist realism. Milo otherwise writes LGBTQ-esque fiction and likes to pretend it’ll make him rich and famous. He is a judge in the YA branch of the 2014 Bisexual Book Awards. Read his articles here.

Mitch Kellaway – Contributing Writer

Mitch KellawayMitch Kellaway is a queer, biracial, transgender reporter, writer, and assistant managing editor for Transgress Press. He is the author of Shedding Ivy, a collection of prose and poetry, and co-editor of Manning Upan anthology of personal narratives by trans men. In addition to covering trans news for Advocate.com, Mitch’s writing has appeared in the Lambda Literary ReviewHuffington PostMic, and Original Plumbing magazine, and has been published in several literary journals and anthologies including Jonathan: A Journal of Queer Men’s Fiction,Crack the Spine, Crab Fat, Cliterature, Zeteo, OutriderRE*COG*NIZE: The Voices of Bisexual Men Man the Yards, and Best Sex Writing 2015. He holds a degree in gender studies from Harvard University and lives with his wife in Somerville, MA. He can be reached at MitchKellaway.com or @MitchKellaway. Read his articles here.

Patricia Valoy – Contributing Writer

Patricia ValoyPatricia 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 or book her for speaking engagements.

R. Nithya – Contributing Writer

R. NithyaNithya lives in New Delhi, India. She has a Bachelor’s in Journalism and a Master’s in Political Science. She worked as a reporter with an online political news and analysis magazine before deciding to step out of her comfort zone to try on new things. Her interest in feminism began during her teenage years when she struggled with low self-confidence, and today that interest knows no bounds. She wants to be able to guide struggling teenage girls through their own journey, and she believes that the few workshops that she manages to run every now and then are a good place to start. She enjoys engaging in conversations on politics, feminism, and spirituality (but is easily annoyed when people mistake spirituality for religion and tell her how cool their god is and what she is missing out on). She loves reading books, writing letters to her loved ones and practicing gratitude. Learn more about her work on her website or follow her on Twitter @rnithya26. Read her articles.

Rahel Ellis – Contributing Writer

Rahel EllisRahel Ellis is a Black Queer Femme from the South focused on forming and studying connection and the actions and art that can be created around it. She is passionate about Black women and other women of color sharing their stories of self-evolution, empowering women to embark on journeys of radical self exploration and reflection. She believes that forms of self-love and self-care are acts of social justice. When Rahel isn’t talking with her loves (friends) and community about the importance of love and connection, she is building intimacy with her people through food, creation of music and other art forms, and laughter. Read her articles here.

Rebecca John – Contributing Writer

Screen shot 2014-12-19 at 3.38.46 PMRebecca John is a writer and thinker who recently graduated from university. Freshly out of the academy, she is happily rejecting the academic industrial complex and spending her time immersed in movements for social justice. She is interested in the intersection of media and justice and finds a home in online communities (especially feminist online communities). Hope is a critical component of her politics. She enjoys frequenting bakeries, recommending readings to her friends, and long, meditative subway rides. Follow her on Twitter @r0guebird. Read her articles here.

Robin J. Landwehr – Contributing Writer

Robin LandwehrDr. Robin J. Landwehr is a mental health counselor and an unapologetic feminist. She holds a Doctor of Behavioral Health degree from Arizona State University, a MS degree in Mental Health Counseling from Capella University, and is a licensed counselor in North Dakota and Florida. She is a National Certified Counselor through the National Board for Certified Counselors. Robin has worked in several areas, including domestic and sexual violence, substance abuse, homelessness, child abuse and neglect, mental health disorders, and health concerns that are affected by our behaviors.  Follow her on Twitter @RobinLandwehr1. Read her articles.

Sam Dylan Finch – Contributing Writer

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Sam Dylan Finch is queer writer, activist, and educator, based in the San Francisco Bay Area. A passionate feminist and social justice advocate, Sam explores topics such as transgender identity, mental health and illness, radical self-love, and queer feminism. Sam is particularly interested in impacting social change through personal narrative and memoir. As a transgender, bipolar queer, Sam draws from his lived experience with the hopes of educating others about his communities, and challenging the stigmas that surround his identity. In addition to being a Contributing Writer at Everyday Feminism, he also writes regularly for The Body Is Not An Apology and is the founder of Let’s Queer Things Up!. When he isn’t writing, he’s probably belting out a Mary Lambert song in the shower, or thinking up new ways to (lovingly) annoy his partner. You can find him on Twitter @samdylanfinch, Facebook, or learn more about him at his personal website. Read his articles here.

Sara Alcid – Contributing Writer

Sara AlcidSara Alcid is a feminist political organizer, writer, and speaker based in Washington, DC. Her activism and writing focus on rape culture, reproductive justice, economic justice, and queer rights. With an academic background in gender and sexuality studies, she bridges feminist theory and intersectional social justice organizing with the hope of making feminism accessible and empowering for all. Follow her on Twitter @SaraAlcid. Read her articles and book her for speaking engagements.

Sara Whitestone – Contributing Writer

Sara WhitestoneSara Whitestone is a third year student at the University of Cincinnati studying Biology with a minor in Women’s Studies. As a disabled feminist, Sara proudly advocates for accessibility issues and other students with disabilities at UC. She is founder and President of Sara Spins, a foundation dedicated to raising funds and awareness for students with disabilities. Sara’s an avid foodie and amateur yogi with goals of healing her chronic illness holistically. When she’s not making a complete mess of her kitchen or trying to keep up with her personal health blog, she enjoys taking naps on campus, attempting to be punny on Twitter @doubleosara, and searching for new street art downtown. Read her articles.

Sian Ferguson – Contributing Writer

Sian FergusonSian Ferguson is a South African feminist who is currently studying towards a Bachelors of Social Science majoring in English Language and Literature and Gender Studies at the University of Cape Town. She has featured as a guest writer on websites such as Women24 and Foxy Box, while also writing for her personal blog. Her areas of interest include examining the meaning and effect of Western privilege and attempting to understand the complex race relations that exist in post-apartheid South Africa. She is also passionate about investigating the gap between the liberal rights given to women and the LGBTIQAP+ community and their lived realities in her country. One day, she hopes to transform the South African sex education syllabus so that it is less hetero- and cisnormative, more practical, and less sexist. In her spare time, she tweets excessively @sianfergs, reads about current affairs, and spends time with her gorgeous group of friends. Read her articles.

Taté Walker – Contributing Writer

Taté WalkerTaté Walker is Mniconjou Lakota and an enrolled citizen of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe of South Dakota. After receiving her BA in English-Communications from Fort Lewis College in Durango, CO, Taté spent the next four years as a full-time daily newspaper reporter; in 2008, Taté threw her lot in with the social service sector, focusing on at-risk Native American youth and families, including voting rights, juvenile justice reform, and education. She earned her Master’s of Science degree in Nonprofit Administration in 2013 from the University of South Dakota to better serve families and communities most in need. In addition to her activism surrounding Native American and LGBTQI2A social justice issues, environmental protection, and domestic violence prevention and awareness, Taté currently works as a family advocate for a Colorado Springs area nonprofit and is also an award-winning freelance feature news writer, web designer, and photographer. She blogs at Righting Red, tweets @MissusTWalker, and can be contacted at www.jtatewalker.com. Read her articles or book her for a speaking engagement.

Virgie Tovar, MA – Contributing Writer

virgie2Virgie Tovar 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. Read her articles or book her for a speaking engagement.

Wiley Reading – Contributing Writer

Wiley ReadingWiley Reading is a Contributing Writer at Everyday Feminism. Wiley is a New Jersey-born artist, writer, environmentalist, and social justice advocate located in Burlington, VT. He works as a community health worker for the Greater Burlington YMCA, and writes for Disrupting Dinner Parties, a small collective feminist blog. In his free time, Wiley draws bugs and old buildings, loves every show on the Food Network, makes creative (read: pulled from the recycling) toys for his bunnies, and tipsily reminds every person in every bar that New Jersey is the best state. Follow him on Twitter @wreadinggoRead his articles.

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