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We disrupt the broken narrative of most women's publications & tell stories of all ages, races, & backgrounds of women all over.
We disrupt the broken narrative of most women's publications & tell stories of all ages, races, & backgrounds of women all over.
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 Who are we? What are we all about? 

Got a Girl Crush is a blog and a magazine about women, by women for everyone. We feature the badass accomplishments of women in hopes to inspire others to do the same.

Got a Girl Crush Issue 06. Cover art by Loveis Wise.
Got a Girl Crush Issue 06. Cover art by Loveis Wise.

 We disrupt the broken narrative of most women's publications and tell stories of all ages, races, and backgrounds of women all over the world. We believe that print is not dead and that there is value to having a tangible medium to read, digest, and share--rather than sharing a link online that is easily forgotten tomorrow. 

Living somewhere between a magazine and coffee table book, rather than something disposable, Got a Girl Crush is something to keep and re-visit. 

Cristy Road and "New World Tarot"
Cristy Road and "New World Tarot"

We’ve been a blog since 2009, self-published 5 magazines and have interviewed hundreds of women from all over the world. In addition to the blog and magazine, we want to connect beyond the page and screen by hosting events and pop-ups to bring our audience together and build community.

Emma Robbins (Navajo/Jewish indigenous peoples activist, artist, educator​)
Emma Robbins (Navajo/Jewish indigenous peoples activist, artist, educator​)

Why are we raising money through Kickstarter? 

At its current stage, the magazine is an annual independent publication featuring beautiful intriguing work by artists and interviews with women. We are an army of two friends who devote all our free time to continuing to give a platform to women to share their stories and accomplishments. We met working as photo retouchers and have both worked in the industry for nearly a decade. After having constant moral issues with contributing to unrealistic body image/standards for women in media, we’ve decided to leave behind what we don’t believe in and invest in the future of women in media--and we need your help! 

Our fifth issue was the fastest-selling issue to-date, and with every issue our readership grows. Currently we have no advertising and are self-sustaining by sales of the magazine and other ephemera that we sell. 

 

"The Garden" by Portia Munson
"The Garden" by Portia Munson

 

Maya Elisabeth of Whoopi&Maya in Issue 06
Maya Elisabeth of Whoopi&Maya in Issue 06

Why we need funding: 

  • We want to compensate those making the magazine what it is for all their hard work! We are now paying all of our contributors (both online and in print)--whereas before everyone donated 100% of their times and talents to the cause. 
  • In addition to the magazine, we are constantly creating new content on our website, putting on events and want to help #ladiesgetpaid! We want to stop perpetuating the notion that indie publications can't compensate. We want to create high quality content with more frequency. We want to hire more artists, more writers, but to do that we need a bigger production budget. 
  • We are asking our readers to invest in the future of the magazine before we consider partnering or being sponsored by large entities we believe in, in order to maintain our voice. 
  • We need funding to scale the size of the magazine. This involves larger runs (our last issue was only 1,000 copies and now we've moved up to 2,000), considering a bi-annual format, paying distributors, and hiring someone that is skilled at marketing to a wider audience because we truly stand behind that although this is a woman-owned, run, designed, published, distributed magazine--it is for everyone.
Shydeia Caldwell of Black Girl Magik
Shydeia Caldwell of Black Girl Magik

Who's featured in Issue 06?

  • Ada Colau - the radical mayor of Barcelona
  • Chelsea VonChaz - founder of #HappyPeriod which provides menstrual hygiene kits to the homeless who would otherwise go without
  • Con las Amigas y​ en la Casa - a support network​ of queer​ ​feminists advising women on how to obtain and take the abortion pill​ in Chile where it is illegal/criminal
  • Cristy Road - Queer WOC ​artis​t, ​activist​, ​​musician​​ 
  • Emma "Grandma" Gatewood - the first woman to hike the 2,050-mile Appalachian Trail​
  • Emma Robbins - Navajo/Jewish indigenous peoples activist, artist, & educator​
  • Genevieve Gaignard - photographer and installation artist known for work exploring issues of cultural identity as a self-identified mixed-race woman​
  • Maya Elisabeth - award-winning owner of edible and topical medical marijuana line, Om Edibles, and co-partner with Whoopi Goldberg for a line of​ ​medical cannabis products designed specifically for relief from menstrual discomfort, Whoopi & Maya
  • Portia Munson - visual artist who works in sculpture, installation, painting and digital photography, focusing on themes related to the environment and feminism
  • Shydeia Caldwell - founder of Black Girl Magik​, an online and offline platform catered to women of color​

More About Issue 06: 

Edited by Meg Wachter & Amanda Stosz // Cover Illustration by Loveis Wise// Printed by The Prolific Group // With contributors: Alexandra Bowman, Ana Muñoz, Bonnie Wachter, Becca Human, Caitlin Crews, Danielle Guercio, Emily Twombly, Larissa Green, Libby VanderPloeg, Makeda Sanford, Molly Schiot, Nadxi Nieto, Sabriya Stukes, SeiSei Tatbe-Goddu, Shaina Joy Machlus, Yana Calou

First run of 2000. 6.5” x 9”, 88 pages, 100% recycled matte paper, full color, perfect bound.

We hope you’ll consider chipping in--be it a pre-order of Issue 6 (or buying one for you and a friend) or an in-kind donation to this project. 

Thank you!

Meg & Amanda

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Rewards

UPDATE 7/19/17: ***NEW REWARD***
  • Pledge $275 or more get a DOPE QUEENMAIL (current backers can change their pledge amount) and you'll receive an outgoing voicemail recording from our favorite funny woman and Issue 04 featured gal, Jessica Williams (who has a NEW MOVIE, The Incredible Jessica James, coming out on Netflix on July 28th!), record up to a 15 second outgoing voicemail message for you! You’ll also get 1 copy of ISSUE 06 + 1 limited-edition Vichcraft-designed "Girl Crush the Patriarchy" enamel pin + 1 READ ABOUT WOMEN Market Tote + YOUR NAME on our online THANK YOU Page
 
  • Pledge $1 or more you’ll receive our eternal gratitude, cool points and project updates.
  • Pledge $5 or more and you’ll receive a handwritten thank you postcard in the mail.
**New Reward**
*OUT OF PRINT* ISSUE 04 (printed 2015)
*OUT OF PRINT* ISSUE 04 (printed 2015)
  • Pledge $10 or more and you’ll receive a limited edition, Kickstarter exclusive “Girl Crush the Patriarchy” enamel pin designed by Jenna Blazevich of Vichcraft.
Girl Crush the Patriarchy enamel pin designed by Jenna Blazevich of Vichcraft
Girl Crush the Patriarchy enamel pin designed by Jenna Blazevich of Vichcraft
  • Pledge $18 or more and you’ll receive a copy of ISSUE 06, plus limited edition “Girl Crush the Patriarchy” enamel pin designed by Vichcraft.  
Got a Girl Crush Issue 06
Got a Girl Crush Issue 06
  • Pledge $25 or more and you’ll get the "READ ABOUT WOMEN” Market Tote, so you can carry all your reading material around, visit a bookstore, hit up a zine fair, head to the beach with your favorite beach reads, go grocery shopping and tell the world what’s up without saying a word. This quality tote is made with environmentally friendly recycled cotton, manufactured by Enviro-tote, a woman-owned and operated small, family business in New Hampshire. Printed in Brooklyn by women run printshop, Kingsland Printing.
READ ABOUT WOMEN market tote bag
READ ABOUT WOMEN market tote bag
  • Pledge $30 or more and you’ll receive the BREAST FRIENDS PACKAGE, which includes 2 copies of ISSUE 06, plus 2 limited edition, Kickstarter exclusive “Girl Crush the Patriarchy” enamel pins, designed by Vichcraft. One for you and one for your bestie!
  • Pledge $40 or more and you get a copy of ISSUE 06, plus Vichcraft designed, limited edition “Girl Crush the Patriarchy” enamel pin and a “READ ABOUT WOMEN” Market Tote to carry it all around in! 
READ ABOUT WOMEN market tote bag, ISSUE 06 and "Girl Crush the Patriarchy" enamel pin
READ ABOUT WOMEN market tote bag, ISSUE 06 and "Girl Crush the Patriarchy" enamel pin
  • Pledge $65 or more and you get the TOTES Gotta Catch Up package with 1 READ ABOUT WOMEN market tote bag + 1 copy of Issue 06 + limited-edition Vichcraft-designed "Girl Crush the Patriarchy" enamel pin + catch up on past issues with 1 copy of Issue 05 and 1 copy of *OUT OF PRINT* Issue 04.
TOTES Gotta Catch Up
TOTES Gotta Catch Up
  • Pledge $75 or more you get the TOTES BREAST FRIENDS PACKAGE with 2 copies of ISSUE 06, plus 2 limited edition, Vichcraft designed “Girl Crush the Patriarchy” enamel pins and 2 "READ ABOUT WOMEN" Market Totes.
We're TOTES BREAST FRIENDS PACKAGE
We're TOTES BREAST FRIENDS PACKAGE
  • Pledge $100 or more and you’ll receive a copy of ISSUE 06, a limited edition, Vichcraft designed “Girl Crush the Patriarchy” enamel pin, plus we’ll put your name on our online THANK YOU page so that we can, digitally speaking, shout from the rooftops how thankful we are for our supporting readers and those who believe in women-run, independent media.
Your name on our online THANK YOU page
Your name on our online THANK YOU page
  • Pledge $125 or more and you’ll receive a copy of ISSUE 06, a limited edition, Vichcraft designed “Girl Crush the Patriarchy” enamel pin, a "Read About Women" Market Tote, plus we’ll put your name on our online THANK YOU page so that we can, digitally speaking, shout from the rooftops how thankful we are for our supporting readers and those who believe in women-run, independent media.
  • Pledge $175 or more you’ll receive the WHOLE SHEBANG. 1 copy of ISSUE 06, a limited edition, Vichcraft designed “Girl Crush the Patriarchy” enamel pin, a "Read About Women" Market Tote, 1 copy ISSUE 05, 1 copy of *OUT OF PRINT* ISSUE 04, 1 Capitalist Patriarchy shirt, plus we’ll put your name on our online THANK YOU page
The WHOLE SHEBANG
The WHOLE SHEBANG

 

  • -SOLD OUT- Pledge $200 or more and get ALL 6 ISSUES OF THE MAGAZINE (Including out of print ISSUES 01-03), plus a limited edition Vichcraft designed "Girl Crush the Patriarchy" enamel pin, and you get your name on our online THANK YOU page.
All 6 magazines (including out-of-print Issues 01 - 03)
All 6 magazines (including out-of-print Issues 01 - 03)

 

Let’s Talk Business.

-For our beloved wholesale stockists-

  • Pledge $45 or more: 5 copies of ISSUE 06 
  • Pledge $90 or more: 10 copies of ISSUE 06

-For companies and organizations that are interested in ADVERTISING in and/or SPONSORSHIP of Got a Girl Crush-

Pledge $500 or more: AD IT UP! You get: 

  • 1 copy of ISSUE 06 
  •  A HALF PAGE advertisement in ISSUE 07 (subject to editorial approval) 
  • An ad-page rate lock of $300 for Issue 08 
  • Your name/business on our online THANK YOU page

Pledge $1,000 or more - AD IT UP II! You get: 

  •  1 copy of ISSUE 06 
  • FULL PAGE advertisement in ISSUE 07 (subject to editorial approval) 
  • An ad-page rate lock of $600 for Issue 08 
  • Your name/business on our online THANK YOU page

Pledge $2,000 or more - AD IT UP III! You get: 

  •  1 copy of ISSUE 06 
  • FULL TWO PAGE SPREAD advertisement in ISSUE 07 (subject to editorial approval) 
  • An ad-page rate lock of $1250 for Issue 08 
  • Your name/business on our online THANK YOU page

Pledge $5,000 or more - SPONSOR. You get: 

  •  1 copy of ISSUE 06 
  • 1 FULL PAGE WITH YOUR LOGO AS AN OFFICIAL SPONSOR in ISSUE 07 
  •  YOUR LOGO on our website as a sponsor for a full year
Become a SPONSOR and get your logo on a full-page in our next issue AND on our website for 1 year!
Become a SPONSOR and get your logo on a full-page in our next issue AND on our website for 1 year!

 THANKS TO:

Loveis Wise, Nadxi Nieto, Caitlin Crews, Ana Muñoz, Alexandra Bowman, Emily Twombly, Becca Human, Yana Calou, Larissa Green, Libby VanderPloeg, Shaina Machlus, Molly Schiot, Makeda Sanford, Sabriya Stukes, SeiSei Tatbe-Goddu, Danielle Guercio, Laura Porter, Jenna Blazevich, Mary Daughterman, Sarah Lloyd, Katie Edmonds, Bonnie Wachter, Boss Babes ATX, and Untitled Feminist Media Empire FKA Mag Mob.

Video produced by & FRIENDS and Katie Edmonds

gotagirlcrush.com
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Thank you to Rhode Island School of Design for featuring our project on their curated page. Amanda Stosz, Got a Girl Crush Creative Director, is a 2008 alum of RISD's Photography Department.
Thank you to Rhode Island School of Design for featuring our project on their curated page. Amanda Stosz, Got a Girl Crush Creative Director, is a 2008 alum of RISD's Photography Department.

 

 

Risks and challenges

We were able to pay all contributors, artists, and transcribers this issue! This was a really huge step and was something that was really important to us to be able to finally achieve on our own (without any advertising or sponsorship) -- because we believe women deserved to be compensated for their time and talent! We also ordered our largest run to-date of 2,000 copies. Subsequently that was all the money in our coffers and we are turning the community that has supported us along the way to help us grow before we consider working with advertisers or sponsors.P

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