Frequently Asked Questions
A huge thanks goes to our Fundraising Advisory Board for assisting us with this fundraiser. With their help, we've put together what we think are a really exciting collection of perks we hope you'll enjoy. The members of the Fundraising Advisory Board are:
Feministing Editors Emeriti Ann Friedman, Courtney Martin, Samhita Mukhopadhyay, Jessica Valenti, and Vanessa Valenti; Feministing Alums Anna Sterling, Pamela Merritt, and Rebecca Fox; and friends of the site Allison Kilkenny, Aminatou Sow, Anna Holmes, Audacia Ray, Baratunde Thurston, Clara Jeffery, Emily Douglas, Jaclyn Friedman, Jamie Kilstein, Jill Filipovic, Kate Lesniak, Katie Orenstein, Megan Carpentier, Monika Bauerlein, Pat Mitchell, Rachel Sklar, Rebecca Traister, Rinku Sen, Rosario Dawson, and Tanya Paperny.
We're very grateful for all their help and support. We couldn’t have done it without them.
We’d also like to thank June Baby Productions for creating our awesome videos.Last updated:
Jessica and Vanessa Valenti founded Feministing in 2004 after becoming frustrated with the mainstream movement ignoring young feminist voices. The site quickly gained popularity for offering an sharp, snarky, uncompromising voice for young feminists in the media, and now gets about half a million visitors each month. Over the years, the leadership of the site has changed, and the team of bloggers has grown and become increasingly diverse. Samhita Mukhopadhyay became Executive Editor in 2010 and led the site for three years. Lori Adelman, Maya Dusenbery, and Jos Truitt took on the role of co-Executive Directors in 2013.Last updated:
A lot! In 2007, we posted a photo from a reader of girls’ underwear being sold at Walmart; the crotch read, "Who needs credit cards?" The story was picked up by the mainstream media, and the product was pulled. Since then, we've seen time and time again how blogging can inspire successful consumer, media, and political advocacy. We’ve helped get racist anti-choice billboards taken down, organized protests about NYC's "rape cops" case, called out sexism in presidential elections, and much more.
By offering smart, accessible feminist analysis of issues important to young people, we’ve helped bring a new generation into the feminist movement. We've heard from tons of readers that the site introduced them to feminist activism. We like to think of Feministing as a gateway drug that gets young folks hooked on feminism, connects them with ways to take action, and encourages them to learn more about a range of intersectional feminist topics. Since 2009, we’ve also been inspiring young feminists in person through our Campus Tour of colleges across the country.
Feministing has lifted up young feminist voices with fresh analysis and perspectives on diverse issues, including trans rights, race and feminism, immigration, state violence, and pop culture. Our bloggers have gotten media appearances and more writing opportunities, allowing them to push their message into the mainstream. Our Community blog, launched in 2008, offers a well-trafficked platform for any member of our community to similarly make their voice heard. The Community blog now hosts more content than our main page and has made Feministing the largest online feminist community in the world.
Feministing won Choice USA's Communication Award in 2007, the Blogger's Choice Award for Best Political Blog in 2009, and the Sidney Hillman Prize for Blog Journalism in 2011.Last updated:
So the money raised from this campaign will be used to fund a site redesign, pay your bloggers, and “build infrastructure?” How will that break down?
A large portion of the funds will go directly to the site redesign. We are currently taking bids from designers and are expecting to pay around $10,000 for the redesign but it could be more -- we want the best site possible. The remaining money will be used to pay our leadership team for their time as we manage this process and set up a fiscal sponsorship agreement, create materials to apply for foundation grants, convince rich people to give us money, create a better way for our readers to donate, etc. If we reach our funding goal, we should also be able to immediately start paying our crew for their writing and editing work. (Right now, our editors, contributors, and interns gets a small stipend at the end of the year from the money we make from advertising, which is not nearly commensurate to the amount of time and energy they devote to the blog.) Any additional money we raise over our goal of 30,000 will mean more resources we can put into the redesign and building fundraising infrastructure, and the bigger cushion of funds we'll have to pay our dedicated crew as we work our way toward a sustainable future.
We'll update this FAQ as this process continues and give a full accounting of how all the money was spent in the end.Last updated:
The current Feministing team is a collective made up of more than a dozen editors, contributors, and interns. We’re supported by a large extended family of former editors and contributors. Go to the site to read our bios.
Lori Adelman, Executive Director, Outreach and Partnerships
Maya Dusenbery, Executive Director, Editorial and Operations
Jos Truitt, Executive Director, Development and Policy
Chloe Angyal, Senior Editor
Alexandra Brodsky, Editor
Katie Halper, Editor
Zerlina Maxwell, Contributor
Syreeta McFadden, Contributor
Sesali Bowen, Contributor
Verónica Bayetti Flores, Contributor
Juliana Britto Schwartz, Contributor
Mychal Denzel Smith, Contributor
Gwendolyn Beetham, Academic Feminist Contributor
Suzanna Bobadilla, Feministing Five Contributor
Courtney Baxter, Community Intern
Dahlia Grossman-Heinze, Social Media Intern
Jessica Valenti, Co-Founder and former Executive Editor
Samhita Mukhopadhyay, Former Executive Editor
Vanessa Valenti, Co-Founder and former Managing Editor
Ann Friedman, Former Editor
Courtney Martin, Former Editor
Miriam Pérez , Former Editor
Eesha Pandit, Former Contributor
Anna Sterling, Former Contributor
Shark-Fu, Former Contributor
goddess jaz, Former Contributor
Professor Foxy, Former Contributor
Rose Afriyie, Former ContributorLast updated:
Feministing has been around for ten years, which means that we've been blogging since before it was cool. Cause it's clearly the coolest thing in the world now. And we do it on a shoestring budget. We do it because we love it. We do it because we believe in this work. But it's not our full time job. We write after work, before work, instead of sleeping, in the bathroom, or when we think our bosses aren't looking.
(I barely have any time left to make my Virginia Wolf dioramas.)
We love this work and with your support we've had enormous success in the last ten years: we helped bring down racist, anti-choice billboards; organized protests; gotten sexist products pulled off the shelves; inspired young feminists across the country; changed national coverage of transgender issues; called out sexism and misogyny in presidential elections.
(There's no sexism in presidential elections, come on.)
We've done this for ten years, but it's not sustainable. We can't keep doing this. We can't recruit a lot of the writers we want if we can't pay them. We need funding. We want to be doing so much more. We have so many ideas. Imagine what we could do with a strong infrastructure and sustainable funding.
You've supported us so much already with your readership, time, tweets, sharing, liking. Thank you! Now let's take it to the next level.
Everything you love about Feministing, #TimesTen.Last updated:
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