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

Courting Diversity

Can we insist that diversity matters and still express disappointment when the conversation is overly focused on a nominee's identity?

(White House/Pete Souza)

The list of desired qualities in a Supreme Court candidate is pretty straightforward, at least for progressives. We want someone with a good legal resumé, a generally liberal voting record on fundamental moral questions, some imagination about the role of the law, an ability to gain the respect of colleagues. Someone relatively young. And while other liberals might disagree, I'd add: someone whose nomination makes the Court more reflective of America.

On the Outs

When we mock politicians who are outed as gay, who are we really shaming? Are we decrying homophobia -- or fueling it?

Rep. Eric Massa. (AP Photo/David Duprey)

Spring is in the air! The birds are chirping, the flowers are blooming, and politicians are coming out of the closet left and right. Or rather, they're being pushed out. Rep. Eric Massa of New York confessed that he groped and tickled a male staffer. California state Sen. Roy Ashburn was spotted leaving a gay bar. They're just the latest two politicians whose outing has generated late-night talk-show punch lines.

Whose Food Politics

The chasm between foodies and those relying on food stamps doesn't have to be so wide.

You'd be hard pressed to find a sexier political issue than food. Celebrities are photo-graphed carrying copies of Michael Pollan's The Omnivore's Dilemma. Last year, Michelle Obama broke ground on a White House vegetable garden to much fanfare. Alice Waters' Berkeley mantra of "fresh, local, seasonal, organic" has gone national.

But the scope of the dominant food-politics conversation remains surprisingly narrow, limited to questions like, What is organic? What is local? Is the growth of Whole Foods a bad thing? Are small farms really better?

Swagger Like Us

Should women amplify their aggression to mimic successful men? Or should they play up what supposedly makes them different?


Ever since women began making serious workplace gains in the 1970s, there has been a debate about the best way for them to climb the professional ladder. More often than not, the answer has been to "act like a man" -- if you can't beat the boys' club, join it. Oversell yourself in job interviews. Ask for more raises. Demand a better title. Be assertive in expressing your opinion. You're gonna make it after all.

Not Everything Has Changed

The women's movement may have changed everything for the American public, but in the home, the revolution has hardly begun.

Mrs. Carl Anderson of Princeton carries her daughter Elizabeth, nine-months, as she demonstrates in favor of a liberalized abortion law in Trenton, N.J., May 8,1969. (AP Photo)

The Unfinished Revolution: How a New Generation is Reshaping Family, Work, and Gender in Americain America by Kathleen Gerson, Oxford University Press, 297 pages, $24.95