Thank You Thursdays: Courtney E. Martin

Normally, Courtney is the one writing thank you Thursdays, because this column was her idea. Why, you may ask? Because that is what Courtney Martin does–she gives gratitude. Well, this Thursday it’s time to send some of that love her way.

Many of you have probably grown accustomed to Courtney’s compassionate and genuine style of blogging over the last few years, covering everything from the arts to sexual assault in the military. She’s an accomplished writer (hello, three books), speaker, activist and teacher. She founded the Secret Society for Creative Philanthropy. And she’s been writing at Feministing for almost 5 years (which given all of our schedules and resources is no small feat). And these are just a few of the things that make Courtney so awesome, publicly.

What many of you don’t know is that it is Courtney’s courage, compassion, genuineness and honesty that makes her one of the most important members of the Feministing editorial team. She practices what she preaches and pushes us to be honest and intentional about our work while always being compassionate across our differences. Her presence in our group is invaluable.

And her presence in our personal lives is invaluable as well. Courtney is an amazing friend, sister, daughter and lover. As a mutual friend of ours said to me recently, Courtney finds time for everyone, somehow. And good god, can she take a dance floor.

And if that wasn’t enough, check out this video of her at the prestigious TED Women conference. She does an amazing job representing us–not just Feministing–but a new generation of feminists. Watch her in action and I can guarantee it will not only give you hope for our generation, but it might make you tear a little bit too.

Thank you Courtney for being such an amazing support and source of inspiration!!

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