Meet the Bloggers


2016-03-24 16.46.20Abigail Shirley is Interim Editor for Fem2.0 and is a fellow at turner4D (formerly Turner Strategies). Originally hailing  from Conway, Arkansas, Abigail moved to Washington D.C. in 2013 and managed the coffee shop at Politics and Prose Bookstore. In the past she has worked at women’s organizations such as The American Association of University Women,  Break the Cycle  and wrote a domestic violence prevention traning manual for police and court officers. A recent law school graduate, Abigail is passionate about women’s rights and social justice and hopes to use her legal background for these fights in the years to come.  Abigail has a BA in Political Science from Earlham College and a JD from the University of Arkansas.  Abigail tweets from @abzdafab

Violet Tsagkas previously served as the Editor for Fem2.0 and as a Vice President for turner4D (formerly Turner Strategies). While at Turner, Violet managed the full range of strategic communications projects, in addition to writing new business proposals and conducting social and earned media trainings for many of the firms clients.  She currently works for Creative Associates International, an international development organization dedicated to supporting people around the world to realize the positive change they seek. Violet has a BA in Political Science and Public Administration from the National University of Athens and a MA in Political Management from the George Washington University. Violet tweets from @Violet__T.

Lauryn GutierrezLauryn Gutierrez is a blogger at Fem2pt0. She is also a Communications Associate with RH Reality Check.  Additionally, Lauryn is Owner/Photographer at 519 Photo.  In previous adventures, she has co-founded an after-school photography program for urban youth centered on empowerment and arts access called Camp CAMERA and traveled abroad with her 82 year old grandma.  Lauryn is a two term AmeriCorps alumna, and spent her years in service furthering college access for low-income students and building capacity in non-profits across the Twin Cities community.  Prior to starting at turner4D, she managed the launch of a preschool nutrition program in Minneapolis that served 400 children and their families.  Her passions are grounded in empowerment and women’s rights.  Lauryn holds a BA from Macalester College in Media & Cultural Studies and Psychology.   She is also is proud grad of Public Allies Twin Cities.  Find her on Twitter @gutzylo and on Instagram @voyagerphotographic.

Casey Krosser is a blogger at Feminism2.0.  She monitors and develops hourly content for Twitter and Facebook channels, spreading awareness on women’s issues.  Casey also edits and publishes submitted content for the Feminism2.0 blog.  While at turner4D, Casey helped to build media lists and compile research materials for various projects.  Casey has also assisted with events.  Previously Casey held an editorial internship with BUST magazine, where she fact-checked articles and also contributed to their blog.  Casey completed her BA from Ithaca College in May 2011.

Abigail Collazo previously served as the Editor for Fem2.0, a pro bono project of turner4D, where she worked as a Project Manager handling online communications and media outreach.  Abigail has worked on women’s issues in both the nonprofit and government sector for over 10 years, with a particular focus on global women’s rights. Abigail grew up in Westchester, New York, and has a BA in Political Science from Mount Holyoke College and an MA in Global Security Studies from Johns Hopkins University, where she wrote her graduate thesis on the intersection between gender and war.  Abigail tweets from @leftstandingup.


Soraya Chemaly writes about gender, feminism, and culture for The Huffington Post, RHReality Check, and Alternet, and has appeared on NPR’s Talk of the Nation and Sirius XM radio. Her work brings academic feminism into mainstream critiques of pop culture through satire and news analysis. She is interested in how systems of oppression are transmitted to children via media and religious cultures. She has a BA in History from Georgetown University, where she founded the feminist undergraduate journal The New Press. Soraya tweets from @schemaly.


claire fem2Claire Thomas is an independent filmmaker who will not rest until every film passes the Bechdel test. She earned a BA in Theatre (performance emphasis) and French with a minor in Film Studies and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Whittier College, and is using her knowledge to write films and web series of varying lengths with strong female characters. When she isn’t writing, she’s a Food and Beverage Lead at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim, California. Being raised by a single working mother who owned her own business, Claire has been a life-long feminist before she truly knew the terms and conditions. Now that she has grown into her position, she embodies it in everything she does. Claire is a feminist advocate focusing on equality in the work place, sexual assault awareness and victim advocacy, any and all LGBTQ* rights and equality matters, and Pro-Choice/Planned Parenthood issues. You can find Claire’s dry, sarcastic tweets on everything from gluten-free food, her Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Noah, ridiculous things her mother says, what she’s writing, and of course, what’s going on in the feminist world at @SvenskaSpark.

Following law school, Kate McGuinness joined a major firm and became one of only a handful of female partners. After ten years as a partner, she was recruited by a Fortune 500 company as General Counsel. Today she is a full-time writer who advocates for women’s rights. Her work has appeared in Jezebel, Women’s Media Center, Ms. JD, The Girls Guide to Law School and Role/Reboot. She is also the author of a legal suspense novel Terminal Ambition, which is available on Amazon.comKate is an advocate for women and she tweets from k8mcguinness.


Emmily Bristol  Emmily is an award-winning journalist, having received the Nevada Press Association’s Outstanding Journalist of the Year award in 2005, as well as recognition for news and feature stories. She has been praised for her work as a community organizer and was nominated for a Margaret Sanger award in 2012. A survivor of sexual abuse, Emmily has worked to be a voice for other survivors through her blogs, The Sin City Siren and The Tired Feminist, as well as through lobbying and activist work. She is a fierce advocate for women’s rights, including serving as the lead plaintiff in a lawsuit against a personhood initiative in Nevada in 2009/10. Her activism began when she was a student at the University of Oregon, where she graduated with a degree in English and minors in journalism and women’s studies. Her blog The Sin City Siren was nationally syndicated in 2011. Emmily lives in Las Vegas with her husband and daughter. She tweets from @TheSinCitySiren.

Julia Adler is gender issues and women’s rights professional. She has a BA in Political Science from Laval University and a Masters in International Law from Kent in Brussels, graduating with honours. She has since worked for several organizations on women’s rights and gender issues, including UNICEF, HPCR International, Save the Children and Plan Canada. Julia spent time in Swaziland monitoring and reporting on sexual violence court cases, and has worked briefly in Kenya and Bénin. She is currently Program Manager for a Legal Education Institute based in Toronto. Julia Adler is a pseudonym.

Erin Belitskus In addition to writing about human rights, Erin is a policy wonk for the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. She served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Romania and then relocated to Boston to work in international development and academia. Erin can usually be found volunteering extensively for youth organizations in the greater Boston area.  Erin holds a B.A. from Green Mountain College, and an MScEcon in terrorism and international relations from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth. She is a 2012 New Leaders Council fellow. You can find Erin on Twitter @ErinBelitskus

Megan Kearns is a feminist vegan blogger and freelance writer living in Boston. She blogs at The Opinioness of the World, a site she founded in 2010 focusing on gender equality and living vegan. A Bitch Flicks Contributor, Megan reviews film, television and media from a feminist perspective. Her work has also appeared at Arts & Opinion, Feministing’s Community Blog, Italianieuropei, Open Letters Monthly and A Safe World for Women.She earned her B.A. in Anthropology and Sociology from UMass Amherst and a Graduate Certificate in Women and Politics and Public Policy from UMass Boston. You can follow all of Megan’s unapologetically opinionated thoughts – such as Leslie Knope’s awesomeness, the idiocy of anti-choice legislation, and where to find the best vegan doughnuts – on Twitter at @OpinionessWorld.

Kathleen Pye is a doctoral student at the University of New Brunswick. She holds a BSc in Kinesiology, an MEd in Counselling Psychology, and an MSc in Nutritional Biochemistry. As a researcher, counselor, and activist, Kathleen aims to lessen secrecy, promote awareness, build understanding, and provide assistance for those affected by eating issues and disorders. She tweets from @KathleenCanada.


Robyn Swirling is a policy wonk in Washington, DC, who has been working on women’s rights issues for almost 10 years, with a particular focus on international women’s health and violence against women and girls. She has previously held positions at Progressive Change Campaign Committee, Global AIDS Alliance, Global Health Council, and Family Violence Prevention Fund. Robyn studied political science, African studies, and global health at the University of Pittsburgh, where she was the leader of HIV/AIDS activism on campus. While studying at University of Miami, she founded a campus organization for sexual and reproductive health and was the advisor for undergraduate programming for the campus sexual assault response team. Robyn also blogs at and tweets occasionally at @rswirling.  She can be reached at at

AtimaAtima Omara-Alwala is the first generation daughter of African immigrants. She is a political strategist and activist of 10 years who has served as staff on 8 political campaigns and other progressive causes with a particular focus on women’s political empowerment & leadership, reproductive justice, health care, and communities of color. Her writings on the topics have also been featured at Women’s Enews, RH Reality Check, and Fem2pt0. Atima is a University of Virginia graduate who also received a Masters Degree in Public Administration from George Mason University. She is a 2010 graduate of the Virginia based Sorensen Institute’s Political Leaders Program. Currently, she is National Vice President of the Young Democrats of America and Advisory Council Director for the Women’s Information Network (WIN), a pro-choice, Democratic women’s professional, political, and social organization in DC. She also serves on the boards of the DC Abortion Fund and Planned Parenthood of Metro Washington Action Fund. In her miraculous spare time, Atima volunteers for a local domestic violence shelter, is an avid reader, aspiring foodie, a movie geek, traveler to new places, and permanently attached to her ipod as a huge fan of all kinds of music.


OliviaBeloteheadshotOlivia Joy Kimble is a graduate from Macalester College (St. Paul, MN) with a degree in Applied Mathematics and History with a concentration in women’s participation in early modern Christianity. Olivia is particularly interested in how the qualitative can complement the quantitative. Bringing that same duality to women’s rights and feminist advocacy, Olivia pushes for discussion, awareness, and measurable results in her local community by working at the North Seattle College Women’s Center and through local volunteering. Olivia has held positions with Planned Parenthood, the postpartum nursing unit at the University of Washington Medical Center, NeighborCare 45th Street Homeless Youth Clinic, the Pacific Association of Labor Support Doulas, and as a guest writer for She is also the author of Olivia is currently working as a birth doula ( and is pursuing a Master’s degree in Nurse Midwifery to better support and protect women’s reproductive rights in vulnerable communities. Olivia tweets occasionally from @joybelote.

headshot.joanneJoanne Bagshaw wants to live in a world where she can drink good wine, read free books, and not worry about misogyny, because it doesn’t exist. Joanne’s a Professor of Psychology and Women’s Studies at Montgomery College, and a psychotherapist with a private practice in Maryland.  She’s interested in the intersections of feminism and politics, sexuality, violence, race, class, reproduction, and everyday living.  Her blog has been featured in Psychology Today.  When she’s not teaching about gender, how to smash the patriarchy, or psychological concepts like dissociation, you can find her traveling around the world with her husband and daughter. Joanne tweets from @joanne_bagshaw.

Isa HeadshotIsa Romby Nielsen lives in Copenhagen, Denmark and is currently working on her Master Thesis.  Upon graduating, she will have a degree in Cultural Encounters & International Development from Roskilde University. During her studies, she has mainly focused on women’s role in development and women’s rights, and she is really inspired by postcolonial feminist literature. Isa is currently doing an internship at the Danish Centre on Gender, Equality & Diversity (KVINFO) and prior to that she worked as an intern at the Consortium on Gender, Security & Human Rights in Boston. Right now, she is interested in how to engage men in the women’s movement and how to get men interested in gender issues and feminism. Also, she tries to grasp the complex history of the women’s movement and what lessons we can learn today. In her spare time, she loves to read crime novels and watch Frasier.  Find her on Twitter at @IsaRomby.

megan nobertMegan Nobert is a Canadian-born international criminal and human lawyer, academic, humanitarian and sexual violence activist. She is currently serving as Project Director for Report the Abuse, which is hosted by the International Women’s Rights Project. Follow her work on Twitter and through Report the Abuse’s Facebook page.



Becca Headshot fem2Rebecca Forte loves being around people who are happy being themselves. She studied Linguistics, not languages, in college at Tulane University in New Orleans and is pursuing her passion of traveling the world. Rebecca Forte, like Beyonce, is a feminist.



Maggie Arden has been working in non-profit management for the last five years. Previously she worked as a campaign fundraiser for political candidates.  Outside of work, she regularly volunteers with local organizations around the Washington, DC area and makes jewelry for Southern Yankee Design, her jewelry business. Originally from Chicago, Maggie moved South for college, where she remained for several years, before moving closer to the Mason-Dixon line, inspiring her blog, Southern Yankee Speaks, about life caught somewhere between North and South. Maggie is an alumnae of Elon University and Alpha Xi Delta.  You can find Maggie on Twitter at @Sthrnynkee.

Christina Black is currently a law student at Stanford University.  She previously interned for a government relations firm in Washington, DC, and prior to that she worked at a nonprofit organization focused on women’s issues. One day, she hopes to work at a nonprofit engaged in legal advocacy.  Christina currently serves on the Executive Board of Fem2.0 in addition to being a guest blogger.  In her (very limited) free time, Christina tries to catch up on all of the reading and TV shows she missed in college. When not updating her pop culture lexicon, she enjoys exploring the less touristy parts of the city. You can often find her at a museum (okay, those are touristy), the Kennedy Center, or Rock Creek Park. You can find Christina on Twitter @black_christina.

Stephenie Foster has over 25 years experience in domestic and international policy advocacy, government affairs, program development and training, and law. Since 1997, Stephenie has participated in numerous international programs and projects sponsored by the United States State Department, the Vital Voices Global Partnership, the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI) and others.  Stephenie  has authored two manuals for Vital Voices, Advocacy and Running for Office: A Training Manual for Women and Ending Violence Against Women and Human Trafficking: A Guide to New Strategies.  Her international work has taken her to more than 20 countries, covering every region of the world. Find Stephenie on Twitter at @stepheniefoster.

 Marcia G. Yerman, based in New York City, writes profiles, interviews, essays, and articles focusing on women’s issues, human rights, the environment, politics, health, culture and the arts.  Her work has been published by the New York TimesAlterNet,Moms Clean Air ForceRoleReboot, The Raw StoryWomen News Network, RH Reality CheckWomen Make News, Ravishly, EmpowHER, and The Women’s Media Center. She has permanent verticals at The Huffington Post and OpEdNews.  Her articles are archived at Find her on Twitter at @mgyerman.


Neha Shah’s interests lie in economic development, technology policy and ICT4D. She has grown up in India, Qatar and the UAE, and attended Mount Holyoke College. She works in government affairs and is also completing an MBA from the George Washington University School of Business. Her aspiration is to promote the use of technology to create and further opportunities for women and youth in developing countries. Her twitter handle is @shahnorama.

Yvonne Ní Mhurchú promotes female empowerment, safety and equality.  She lives in Limerick City, Ireland.  Yvonne studies Psychology and Philosophy at Mary Immaculate College and is a Sexual Assault Treatment Unit (SATU) Support Worker at Rape Crisis Midwest.  She is completing a Rape Crisis Counselling course at Rape Crisis Midwest as well.  Yvonne’s writing has also been published on  Follow Yvonne on Twitter @YvonneNiMhurchu.


 tizzy Tizzy Giordano refuses to bow down to the powers that be. We all know that well-behaved women aren’t allowed to make history, and she intends to. She is an angry feminist, and damn proud of it. She believes that those who aren’t angry are part of the problem. To call her a raging bitch is a compliment. A Feminazi? Music to her ears. She vehemently rejects and loudly rails against oppression and injustice of any kind. She intends to see the walls of Patriarchy crumble down around her, and can’t wait to help pick up the pieces to tenderly re-build that “Another World” she knows is beautifully close, and infinitely possible.                                                                                                                                                         

d9536b35-a5a5-4773-a3c6-b3c73907d82aStephanie Vazzano is a licensed clinical mental health counselor and a registered & board certified art therapist with a specialization in treating women.  She has been working to end violence against women since she was in high school and continues to be an advocate for feminism and women’s issues.  Her collaboration on work regarding normative gender differences in art has been published in The Arts in Psychotherapy and she currently works at a community mental health agency.  Stephanie also writes about culture and life on her blog,, and tweets from @strawberrywish.