Our Ladies

Becky Harrison

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Certified klutz, free spirited, go-get-em goof ball. Loves writing poetry and the beach. Strong believer in bucket lists.

Kara Crutcher


KFC. Barefoot walking, music playing heroine enthusiast. Loves all things yellow, uncontrollable laughter, staying up to watch the sunrise, travel, and tacos. UPenn alum, Chitown native, trying to be a citizen of the world.

Twitter: @eyeheartchi

Sahar Dika

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Actress. Singer. Writer. Certified manicure junkie. Chips and salsa enthusiast. Will dance for film and food. Bedtimes are for babies. Mine is 10PM.

Brandy Lewis


23-year-old with a 55-year-old soul, trapped in an 80-year-old body still trying to figure it out. Music Junkie. Wannabe fashionista. Enjoys sharing her handicap perks with her friends and family.

Katie Simpson

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Can’t leave her house without a camera, pen, and notebook. Committed journaler, sometimes doodler. Dreams of being a cat lady someday.


Megan Cox

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East Coast woman living in a West Coast city. Sometimes writer, and habitual ruckus-causer. Enjoys traveling, history, music, cinema, literature, hockey, and beverages that are warm.

Sarah Muzzillo


Writer. Feminist. Student. Lover of Harry Potter, Gilmore Girls, and iced coffee.

Katharine Donohoe


Lives and works in Virginia. She (sometimes) has very little chill but enjoys the simple things like GChat, Trader Joe’s frozen snacks, and listening to a healthy amount of podcasts.

Lisa Hooper


Book, TV, & movie enthusiast. Stuck in a ‘beginners guide to running’ cycle of fitness. The type of person who has a face for hats but has never actually bought one. Opposed to flying but ultimate dreamer of traveling.

Caitlin Zaugg

Usually found quoting movies and laughing at her own jokes. Very good at pretending her life is not a total mess. Always oversharing about her non-existent love life on her personal website, 
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 Thuc Doan Nguyen

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Thuc Doan Nguyen lives in Los Angeles where she runs TheBitchPack.com and writes for The Toni Lahren Show (don’t worry- it’s a one-letter off parody). Thuc believes that women’s voices and the power of storytelling can change lives and society. Twitter: @biatchpack

Hannah Nobbe


Self-proclaimed Riot Grrrl with an affinity for lipstick, spaghetti, and all things velvet.
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 Leila Mustafa
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Will get into a street fight and cry to a Coke commercial in the same hour.

 Marissa De La Cerda


Fast-talking, film loving Latina with a deep abiding love for pugs, Queen, and screenwriting. Striving to speak, verbally and visually, for those who have been silenced by different systems of oppression.

Lindsay O’Keefe


Born and raised Iowan who recently moved to DC to, hopefully, pursue a career in social justice. Still finding my way but I know I will find it eventually. I have seen every episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Charmed at least 12 times each and I am a huge musical junkie who loves to read sci-fi and fantasy novels.

Mimi Haze


Writer. Lover. Feminist. Proud Fatty. If “Netflix and chill” was a profession, I’d be all over that shit.

Twitter: @miryamdelirium

Rachel Mandel

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A graduate student and naturalist who hopes to help elementary students stay true to their creativity. She lives happily in her home, Chicago.

Rachel Hensold

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Mac and cheese loving, impatient, emerging free-spirited social butterfly, and five-time proud auntie learning to fall in love with my own imperfections through stubbornness and kindness. Forever trying to find balance in a world where my feels are too much, but my strength is too fierce.

Alex Nowling


Rock climber by night, marketing student by day – always planning her next adventure while sipping coffee & watching The Office.

Rania Hanna

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A tempest trying to make her way through the world and figure out what hat to wear.

Elena Bruess


Book Advocate, Political Writer Enthusiast, And Sunny Day Expert. Dance Like Everyone And Their Entire Family Is Watching And It’s Honestly Getting Wild

Twitter: @ellevarela

Danii GallegosDanii Gallegos

A stand-up comedian and storyteller proudly from New Jersey, but currently drinking in Chicago. She’s the co-creator of the live show and podcast We Still Like You. @Daniilion_ on Twitter, @Daniilion on Instagram

Meggie Gates

MeggieGatesWriter. Comedian. Loves Her Mom So Much And Is Likely Twirling Really Fast To Some Celine Dion Song. Oh God, She’s Twirling TOO Fast. Oh God, Make It Stop.

Courtney LeBlanc

Courtney LeBlanc

The author of chapbooks Siamese Sisters and All in the Family (Bottlecap Press) and an MFA candidate at Queens University of Charlotte. he loves nail polish, wine, and tattoos. Read her blog at www.wordperv.com. Twitter: @wordperv 

Kaitlin Olivero

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Curly haired, art lovin’, loud talkin’, gal who’s twenty-something and ruthless. Most likely to become a Museum Director and to shop literally til she drops.

Glenna Schubert


Hawaiian-bred, DC educated, Florida voter and a Coca-Cola and cinnamon roll enthusiast. She is an avid fan of F. Scott Fitzgerald, deep tissue massages, and writing about women’s daily lives. You can find more of her musings on her website glennalynne.com or on twitter 

Kathleen Katsikeas

Kathleeen Katsikeas Contributor PhotoSober psychic yogi; Mother of Cats; lover of Riot Grrrl, Battle Star Galactica, bubble teas, and all things French.

Megan Convey

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Artist, feminist, yogi, lover, fighter, free spirited Irish-Puerto Rican chick whose ginger carpet definitely matches the drapes.

Alysa Auriemma


Adjunct English professor and freelance writer. Her work has been published in Playbill, The Mary Sue, Hello Giggles, and Upworthy. She is currently working on several fiction projects. When she’s not working at a desk, she’s debating what color to dye her hair next, singing on stage in community theatre productions, or playing with her three nephews.

Heather Marter

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Strategic Designer, Graduate student and avid day-dreamer with a love of art, wandering to new places and whiskey.

Ashlynn Powell
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Avid reader and aspiring writer. Firm believer in honesty and random acts of kindness. Will most definitely be an ancient dog lady in her later years and is totally owning it. Many have said she’s a senior citizen trapped in a young woman’s body (they are not wrong).

Cathy Muskett


Sarah Walz

Sarah-W-OWTL-Contrib-01Constant reader, sporadic writer. Always wants to eat fries and watch movies. Non-profit coordinator with more than a healthy dose of idealism. Book recommendations are my love language.