Feministing is 10 years old!

happy 10th birthday balloonsHappy birthday to us!

Feministing turned 10 this Saturday, April 12, a real milestone for any website. We’re so old our first site was on Movable Type. We’re two years older than Twitter, and Facebook only beat us by a couple months. We can’t wait to start the 5th grade this fall!

Feministing’s come a long way in the last decade. Jessica and Vanessa Valenti originally founded the site because of a lack of spaces dedicated to young feminist voices. Since then, the feminist internet has grown into a political and social force to be reckoned with. And Feministing has evolved as well, from a scrappy web log to the most widely read feminist publication of all time with a large and diverse roster of brilliant contributors. Throughout the past decade, we’ve brought you breaking news and analysis, media and cultural criticism, and ways to take action, as well as a Community site where anyone can share their feminist blogging.

This is what Feministing looked like 10 years ago. 

Feministing 10 years ago

Here’s hoping that in another decade, we won’t still be writing about sexual assault and the wage gap.

In celebration of our 10th anniversary, current and former members of the Feministing crew — who helped build this community from its blog baby days — will be offering their reflections on the changes of last decade. We’ll also be running a special interview series with current and former editors for newsletter subscribers only — sign up for our newsletter here so you can get in on the action. And there’s more to come, including the site relaunch you generously supported through our Feministing #TimesTen Kickstarter campaign and a 10th anniversary celebration and symposium. Stay tuned for more news on those fronts!

Thank you to everyone involved in Feministing — the crew past and present, Community bloggers, commenters, readers — for making the last decade so incredible. We’re super psyched for our next decade of feministing together!

And we need your support in order to make it the best it can be – birthday gifts in the form of donations are happily accepted.

When did you start reading Feministing? And how has it influenced your life? Let us know in the comments!

Maya, Jos, and Lori giving the middle finger Lori Adelman, Maya Dusenbery, and Jos Truitt are proud to be co-Executive Directors of Feministing.

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4 Comments

  1. Posted April 14, 2014 at 12:54 pm | Permalink

    Ahoy and congratulatory gestures!

    I started reading Feministing about a year ago, and it’s been in my daily cycle since then. I have learned a world and a half, and keep being humbled and educated by your effort and loveness. I donated a wee penny to your new website, and was super bummed I couldn’t exist in New York for the party – meeting you, and the people surrounding this website, would have been a memory for life. It shall simply have to be rescheduled for the future!

    Thank you a thousand and one times for making me a better human. You are all distinctively part of creating a more humane world, and you deserve all the lactos-free cake and dolphin high fives you can get. Solidarity, intersectionality and happy days! <3

  2. Posted April 14, 2014 at 10:37 pm | Permalink

    Happy Birthday Feministing! I think I found you about 3 or 4 years ago. Thank you for introducing me to the world and language of modern feminism.

  3. Posted April 15, 2014 at 10:55 am | Permalink

    Congrats everyone!

    I was introduced to Feministing a little over four years ago by a friend who would later become my boyfriend. It would be a rock to hold to in a tumultuous storm when I went through my breakup with an emotionally abusive ex. Feministing was there to teach me about rape culture and show me that what I went through was not at all normal or acceptable. I went through that gauntlet and came out the other end a feminist, and I’m still here four years later. Thanks for all you do, for me and for everyone.

  4. Posted April 15, 2014 at 6:30 pm | Permalink

    I started reading feministing because I met a few of its board members in person, and realized it addressed issues that were affecting me personally, because my wife was unemployed at the time, and I, then like now, was working multiple part-time positions. I’ve learned much about the challenges faced by many lacking privilege from reading the site, and though things are better for us now, I’m very glad I made the acquaintance of board members, both past and present, and continue to read it because it continues to inform. Your site reminds me that those who are fortunate should always remember that, and should try to expand opportunity to others. I also recommend the site as a source to my composition students, when they write about gender.

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