We love to hear what you have to say. However, just so you don’t have to spend all that time and effort on something that might not get published, we ask that you consider these guidelines before you start writing. If you’re not interested in writing a full post, but would still like to contribute, please visit our suggestion box instead.
1. Be inspired by your own experiences. Have a passion for feminist issues or gender dynamics at work, but having a hard time with your vision? You’re not alone. This is why looking into your past experiences and patterns in your daily interactions is fundamental. Nothing will focus your enthusiasm like talking about what you’ve personally been through. The benefits of this continue as exploring your own life could in turn train you to be more awareness of gendered components in your future endeavors. However, keep in mind that this personal investment could lead to bias. In order to avoid this, be conscious and test your piece with guideline #2 to ensure that you are within reason.
2. Ground it in research. If you’re struggling to do this, contact us and we’ll see what we can do to help. We aim to bridge the gap between “stuffy” academic articles and the public, so we won’t be able to publish any posts that don’t consult the proper sources when necessary, but we would prefer if your post were 450 words or less. We also ask that you include all works cited; plagiarism is no joke.
3. Relevancy is crucial, so try to relate it to the greater whole. We never intend to discount your hardships- in fact, we welcome personal anecdotes- but we do need to keep our focus. We are looking for posts that relate to feminist issues at large, which brings us to our next point.
4. Keep it timely. We’re looking for issues that affect people in this day and age, so we’re looking to keep history lessons to a minimum, unless they relate to the topic at hand, of course. For example, we would prefer a post about current issues women face in the workplace over a summary of the suffrage movement in the 19th century.
5. Keep it inclusive. Although we welcome posts on a range of topics, make sure these topics are accessible and valuable to all of our readers. This means being intersectional with your feminism, and trying to avoid unnecessarily gendered or otherwise exclusive language.
Now, with all of these guidelines in mind, please write out a post idea, title, a couple of sentences summarizing your overall thoughts, and the sources you plan on citing, and email it all to firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll reply shortly after and give you our thoughts before we begin editing. Happy writing, and thanks for #informingher!