The biggest lesson I’ve learned from Carmen and her work is that you’re allowed to be fun-loving and outraged at the state of the world; you can wear pink and be taken seriously; you can be obsessed with pop culture and still be an intellectual—as a woman, you’re allowed to be complicated and multi-faceted and celebrated for who you are.Hannah Hightman, introducing an interview with Carmen for Hypezine
Carmen Rios is a feminist superstar and a pioneering digital activist.
Carmen is currently working on a range of projects through her own consulting practice. She is the Consulting Digital Editor at Ms. magazine and the contract Editorial Director for The Jane Club; an Advisor to An Economy of Our Own; a digital strategist for author Susan Rubin and a consulting strategist for The Art of Equal Pay campaign. Carmen is also a co-founder of the Webby Award-nominated Argot Magazine and a regular contributor at DAME, Ms., the Women’s Media Center and the National Women’s History Museum quarterly magazine A Different Point of View.
Carmen cut her teeth in the blogosphere as a longtime contributor at Everyday Feminism, a founding blogger and activist with the SPARK Movement and the inaugural editor of THE LINE Campaign blog. Her writing on gender, sexuality, race, class and the feminist movement has been published by outlets like BuzzFeed, Bitch, Bust, CityLab, ElixHER, Feministing, Feminist Formations, GirlBoss, GrokNation, MEL, Mic and SIGNS; and her essays appear in the WE SPOKE anthology by Meital Yaniv and multiple Autostraddle and Argot print projects.
Carmen is also the former co-host and co-producer of podcasts and video series including THE BOSSY SHOW, a political talk show for young women, and TRIGGER HAPPY, a weekly video series for Binge Networks. Most recently, Carmen was the host and producer of Bitch Media’s Popaganda podcast, which featured an array of feminist thought leaders in episodes covering a broad range of cultural topics. While at Ms., she also launched the Ms. LIVE Q&A video series on Facebook, sitting down with movement leaders for conversations about the personal and the political.
In addition to her more public-facing work, Carmen spent the last ten years designing and executing innovative media strategies for leading feminist organizations. She wrote the social media strategy Hollaback! adopted during its global re-launch and served as the Media Organizer for the first-ever SlutWalk in Washington, D.C. She co-authored the viral #EducateCoaches campaign that re-invigorated the contemporary movement to engage athletes in sexual assault prevention and
Before launching her own practice, Carmen spent over three years as the Managing Digital Editor at Ms. magazine; worked at Autostraddle as either and both the Feminism Editor, Social Media Co-Director, and Community Director; and served as Communications Coordinator at the Feminist Majority Foundation.
Carmen is a nationally-recognized thought leader and SheSource expert who frequently appears in the media to speak on feminist issues. She has been overheard on NPR and forced to wear make-up on CNN, Good Morning America and the Early Show; profiled by the New York Times, BITCH and HerCampus; and covered by the Washington Post and the Guardian. She is also a sought-after speaker who has delivered addresses at events like the National Conference on Sexual Assault, the National Young Feminist Leadership Conference, the Momentum Conference, A-Camp and the National Women’s Studies Association Conference.
Over a decade on the digital frontlines of the feminist movement has earned Carmen a reputation as “petulant and idiotic,” “intimidating to some,” “vapid and uninteresting” and “brazenly misandrist.” Once, a man she never met even emailed her just to let her know that her voice was reminiscent of “Joe Camel the day after a bender.” She is mother to the most adorable dog on Earth, wears pink whenever possible, and keeps all of her hate mail in a file folder on her desk.