The Age of Ladyblogs, or, How Women’s Websites Are Shaping The Cultural Conversation

Friday, October 25, 2013 at 7:00pm

In honor of the publication of the first book by the popular website Jezebel, The Book of Jezebel, editors of influential online outlets for women come together to discuss the genre's more recent history and female readers' appetite for progressive discussions about contemporary womanhood, pop culture and politics.


Yesha Callahan is the Managing Editor of Clutch Magazine, a news and commentary site catering to black women. Yesha has written for Blogher, where she was a Parenting Contributing Editor and her work has been seen on Jezebel, The Grio, Huffington Post and The Root.  In addition to writing online, Yesha was a writer for BET’s  late night talk show, Don’t Sleep! Hosted By T.J. Holmes and is currently working on her novel, Sherlock Homegirl, which is ripe with her own real life congressional scandal, as well as developing a TV show. Yesha currently splits her time between NYC and the DC metro area, where she lives with her 14-year-old son and overactive dog.

Anna Holmes has written and edited for numerous publications, including the New York Times, Washington Post, Newsweek, InStyle and The New Yorker online. She is the founder of the popular website, the editor of two books, including The Book of Jezebel, and an award-winning writer who was recently named a columnist for the New York Times Book Review.

Kate Harding is the author of Asking for It: The Alarming Rise of Rape Culture--and What We Can Do About It, which comes out in 2014. She's also co-author of The Book of Jezebel and Lessons from the Fat-o-Sphere, founder of the body acceptance blog Shapely Prose, half-Chicagoan, half-Canadian, and all Crazy Dog Lady. She's currently at work on a novel.

Samhita Mukhopadhyay is a writer, speaker and technologist residing in Brooklyn, NY. She is a Senior Strategist at Purpose, a NYC based consulting firm that specializes in socially good causes and is the former Executive Editor of the popular website She is the author of Outdated: Why Dating is Ruining Your Love Life.

Amelia McDonell-Parry is the founding editor-in-chief of The Frisky. Born and raised in California, Amelia moved to NYC nearly 12 years ago after graduating from the University of California at Santa Cruz. After toiling away at Interview, Rolling Stone and Maxim magazines, she made the move online and has been basking in the harsh glow of her laptop screen ever since. When she's not spending her days editing and writing at The Frisky (about topics as vast as feminism, Ryan Gosling, Star Trek, and the latest D-list sex tape), Amelia is hanging out on the Lower East Side with her dog Lucca and day dreaming about her next beach vacation.

Edith Zimmerman is the founding editor of The Hairpin. She's also written for the New York Times Magazine, GQ, Elle, and This American Life. She grew up in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and lives in Brooklyn.

Jessica Coen is the editor-in-chief of Jezebel, Gawker Media's influential women's site with 10 million monthly readers across the globe. Jessica has been writing and editing for nearly a decade—first at Gawker, then Vanity Fair and New York magazine before returning to Gawker Media to helm Jezebel in 2010—and during that time she has established herself as a leading voice online and a veteran of the medium. Her byline has appeared in The New York Times, Glamour and Elle; she has also appeared on NBC, ABC and CNN.

Lori Leibovich is the Executive Lifestyle Editor at the Huffington Post where she oversees coverage of women, parents and relationships. She worked as an editor and writer at Salon for six years, where she oversaw the site's "Life" section and launched one of the first women's news blogs, Broadsheet. Lori has also worked as an editor at Talk, Cookie, Teen People, Babble and Whole Living. She founded the website, edited the anthology Maybe Baby about the decision to become a parent, and has written widely for publications including the New York Times, the Washington Post, Harper's Bazaar, Glamour, Elle and Slate. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two children.

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