Our Story So Far
It’s the little things we come across day after day that manifest and empower us to go out and accomplish cool things. So, in 2009, we started the Got a Girl Crush blog from opposite sides of the country (Meg in Brooklyn and Andrea in San Francisco) to document the never-ending accomplishments of women in hopes to inspire others to do the same.
In 2011, we brought this project to its physical form and started Got a Girl Crush Magazine. Partly because it was the perfect excuse to meet our girl crushes in real-life, and mainly to celebrate the inspiring ladies out there today who are doing cool ass shit. Since then, we've launched two issues which you can read online: Issue #1 + Issue #2.
We Need Your Help
Since the beginning, we wanted Got a Girl Crush Magazine to be an advertising-free publication. With your support, we will be able to:
- Pay for printing costs up front
- Take our production to the next level with higher quality materials and construction.
- Compensate our contributors for their time and dedication
- Cover costs to run our online shop and improve the web purchasing experience
- Stretch Goal: If we exceed our goal, we will use the additional funds to print more copies. This will allow us to bring the magazine to more local shops, so you can pick one up for yourself the old fashioned way!
What's in Issue #3?
We're working on this issue as we speak and hope to launch it in April 2014. We've got some great interviews, essays & articles lined up.
Here's who you'll find in Issue #3:
- Annie Larsen (ALL Knitwear)
- Cait Oppermann & Yael Malka (photographers)
- Cristen Conger & Caroline Ervin (Stuff Mom Never Told You podcast)
- Danielle Flowers (Gotham Girls Roller Derby)
- Ellen Van Dusen (Dusen Dusen)
- Jenny Thai (writer)
- Helen Shirley (cycling advocate)
- Mary Roach (author)
- Paula Z. Segal (596 Acres)
- Rena Tom (Makeshift Society)
- Sand Falconer & Dana Wright (Falconwright)
- Sonali Fernando (New Orleans renaissance woman)
With contributors: Adrien Schless-Meier, Amanda Jasnowski, Amanda Stosz, Amber Fouts, Amélie Mancini, Anabela Piersol, Anna Hurley, Aubrey Edwards, Celeste Prevost, Donna Suh, Erin Griffith, Grace Danico, Jen Dessinger, Liz Reid, Meg Wachter, Natalie Snoyman, Sam Paul, Tuesday Bassen.
What People Are Saying
"Many online definitions of “girl crush” include a little homophobic caveat along the lines of “not sexual in nature” but I’d say that’s entirely beside the point, and thankfully, GACC seems to agree." (Ms. Magazine)
"Chronicling the creative efforts of our generation of women in print is an absolute necessity. we’re so used to reading about each other online, but in terms of independent printed matter that will still exist when all our computers explode….we’re almost non-existent! although the blog nods in praise to ladies of the past and present, the print magazine offers us a glimpse into the lives of contemporary women." (Big Things)
HUGE thanks to Drew Pattison for his editing magic and cobbling together our Kickstarter video and to Black Lagoon for use of their song!
Risks and challenges
We are in the final design stages of the magazine and the last big step is bringing it to print. This magazine is a true labor of love. Everyone involved has contributed their talents and time out of sheer passion and kindness! With the first two issues, we kept it super scrappy by personally funding the production costs. But in order to achieve the quality of printing and production numbers that we'd like, our pockets just aren't deep enough. There's a ton of great content and inspiring stories waiting to be shared, we just need some help bringing it into your hands!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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