Ann Friedman

Ann Friedman is an editor and writer. Formerly the executive editor of GOOD, she’s now hard at work on a crowd-funded magazine called Tomorrow and is a politics columnist for She curates the work of women journalists at LadyJournos!, makes hand-drawn pie charts for The Hairpin, and dispenses animated advice at the Columbia Journalism Review. In July 2012, CJR named her one of 20 women to watch.

Recent Articles


Dr. George Tiller, an outspoken advocate for abortion rights and one of the few late-term abortion providers in the country, was shot dead in church this morning.

Cara Kulwicki writes at Feministe,

This is the first time an abortion provider has been murdered in over a decade. I have friends who work in abortion clinics. This is terrorism. And right now, I just don't have the words.

When Opting Out Isn't an Option

For too long, "working women" has meant professionals with children. It's time we focus on the majority of female workers.

Introduction to our four-part series on women and work:


In response to my piece on Double X today, editor Hanna Rosin writes,

Our model here is Esquire, and particularly Esquire of the 1970's. Esquire is clearly a men's magazine but I have read it all of my life. Early on it pioneered new forms of journalism and continues to publish award winning stories year after year. Growing up, I'd read Esquire, and then a women's glossy, and the difference made me crazy. We don't have nearly the resources Esquire has, but DoubleX is our small contribution to this historical gap.

The Trouble with Double X

Is the niche-ification of the Internet amplifying or ghettoizing women's voices?

(AP Photo/Ed Ford)

In the 1960s, feminists demanded newspapers take their women's pages -- sections devoted to recipes, fashion tips, and the occasional political article -- and make them gender-neutral. This way, they figured, newspapers would have to find a way to integrate "women's" coverage. One by one, publishers retitled these sections: Features, Style, Life. But they never quite managed to integrate women's issues into the rest of the paper. By 1972, Gloria Steinem had changed her mind about the women's pages. "There is a need for women's pages," she said, but "they should be more relevant than talking about subjects like turning artichokes into lampshades."


Everyone seems to be very concerned that the outbreak of swine flu means they'll have to stop eating bacon and other delicious pig products. While health officials have assured the public that you can't contract this flu from your breakfast sausage, meat consumption just might be at the heart of the possible pandemic. Residents of the area where swine flu originated, the state of Veracruz, Mexico, say that a local Smithfield confined-hog operation is to blame, with its poop lagoons and untreated waste polluting the area.