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

Listening to Afghanistan

The U.S. intervention has never been and won't become a force for humanitarianism.

(Flickr/Afghan Lord)

In the spring of 2008 I wrote a column, "Listening to Iraq," in which I lamented the lack of access that most Americans had to the voices and opinions of the people most affected by the ongoing war. This made it difficult, I wrote, "for even the best-intentioned anti-war American to see Iraqis as partners, rather than as a political project."

What's in a Pen Name?

I spend a lot of time talking about the general pale/male/stale-ness of the media (h/t to Tracy Van Slyke and Jessica Clark for that description), and I generally find myself chalking it up to a number of big, interrelated factors: Men are socialized to be more aggressive and confident, which translates to pitching more articles and getting published more often. Men are more likely to be well-connected to other powerful men in the business. Men are more likely to tout their expertise, while women will seemingly do anything to downplay their knowledge and experience. A disproportionate amount of care-giving responsibility forces women to down-shift their time-consuming media jobs. And on and on.

Pessimism About Women in Journalism.

Yesterday, the soon-to-be-shuttered Editor & Publisher reported that three top women newspaper editors are stepping down from their jobs. That leaves Nancy Barnes of The Star Tribune in Minneapolis and Susan Goldberg of The Plain Dealer in Cleveland as the only two women editors of the 20 highest-circulation newspapers in America.

The Company We Keep

If each liberal "special interest" group is actually just in it alone, what's the point of a common ideology?

NAACP Chair Julian Bond and Sen. Dianne Feinstein at the Human Rights Campaign's 2009 Los Angeles Gala. (AP Photo/Gus Ruelas)

Several years ago, The American Prospect held a "What is Liberalism?" contest. The winner, Todd Washburn, submitted this definition: "Liberals believe our common humanity endows each of us, individually, with the right to freedom, self-government, and opportunity; and binds all of us, together, in responsibility for securing those rights."

Yes, Even Anti-Choice Women Are Under This Bus.

Conor Friedersdorf responds to my post on the Stupak Amendment. Mr. Friedersdorf writes,

a) The bigger role the federal government takes in funding health care, the more you’re going to see politicians interfering in matters that would otherwise be left to doctors and patients, and the more controversial these battles are going to become among the public. This seems obvious to me, but I never see progressive writers worrying about it.