Jessica Valenti - called one of the Top 100 Inspiring Women in the world by The Guardian - is the author of four books on feminism, politics and culture. Her third book, The Purity Myth: How America’s Obsession with Virginity is Hurting Young Women, won the 2010 Independent Publisher Book Award and was made into a documentary by the Media Education Foundation. She is also editor of the anthology Yes Means Yes: Visions of Female Sexual Power and a World Without Rape, which was named one of Publishers Weekly’s Top 100 Books of 2009. Her latest book, Why Have Kids: A New Mom Explores the Truth About Parenting and Happiness, was called a “brave and bracing critique of our unrealistic parenting ideals” by ELLE magazine.
Jessica founded Feministing.com, which Columbia Journalism Review called “head and shoulders above almost any writing on women’s issues in mainstream media.” Her writing has appeared in The Washington Post, The Nation, The Guardian (UK), The American Prospect, Ms. magazine, Salon and Bitch magazine. She has won a Choice USA Generation award and the 2011 Hillman Journalism Prize for her work with Feministing.
Jessica is a widely sought-after speaker who gives speeches at colleges, organizations, conferences and events across the country and abroad. She is also frequent media commentator and has appeared on The Colbert Report, CNN, MSNBC, PBS and TODAY show, among others.
She received her Masters degree in Women’s and Gender Studies from Rutgers University.
Jessica lives with her husband and daughter in Boston, but misses her native New York every day.