Happy birthday Zerlina!

Zerlina with President Obama

You may have noticed a lot of Feministing crew members have birthday right around now. Yes, this is part of a nefarious plan for Scorpios to take over the blog. And Saturday was Zerlina Maxwell‘s birthday!

Zerlina joined the Feministing crew in 2011. She writes at a bunch of other publications as well and regularly brings her feminist message to Sirius XM Progress, Fox News, and MSNBC. Zerlina’s work often focuses on sexual violence; this year especially she’s been bravely going after victim blaming in the mainstream media. She’s blogged about the importance of health care access as well. Zerlina also makes great GIF lists, like this one where Hillary Clinton shows us how to handle a mansplainer. And she was recently featured in a feminist poster campaign. She even interviewed Nancy Pelosi at Netroots Nation this year. While doing all these amazing things she also just got her J.D. from Rutgers Law School. NBD.

A few more fun facts about Zerlina: her first name comes from the opera Don Giovanni, she was a competitive gymnast until the age of 15, and has a cat named Michael Jackson.

Please join us in wishing Zerlina a very happy (and slightly belated) birthday!


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Jos Truitt is Executive Director of Development at Feministing. She joined the team in July 2009, became an Editor in August 2011, and Executive Director in September 2013. She writes about a range of topics including transgender issues, abortion access, and media representation. Jos first got involved with organizing when she led a walk out against the Iraq war at her high school, the Boston Arts Academy. She was introduced to the reproductive justice movement while at Hampshire College, where she organized the Civil Liberties and Public Policy Program’s annual reproductive justice conference. She has worked on the National Abortion Federation’s hotline, was a Field Organizer at Choice USA, and has volunteered as a Pro-Choice Clinic Escort. Jos has written for publications including The Guardian, Bilerico, RH Reality Check, Metro Weekly, and the Columbia Journalism Review. She has spoken and trained at numerous national conferences and college campuses about trans issues, reproductive justice, blogging, feminism, and grassroots organizing. Jos completed her MFA in Printmaking at the San Francisco Art Institute in Spring 2013. In her "spare time" she likes to bake and work on projects about mermaids.

Jos Truitt is an Executive Director of Feministing in charge of Development.

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