Carmen Rios is a fresh and fierce feminist voice—and a pioneering digital activist.
Carmen is currently the host of Bitch Media’s Popaganda podcast, a Consulting Editor at Ms. magazine, and a contributor at DAME and the Women’s Media Center, and she is also a co-founder of and Contributing Editor at the Webby Award-nominated Argot Magazine.
Her writing on gender, sexuality, race, class and the feminist movement has also been published by outlets like Autostraddle, BuzzFeed, Bitch, Bust, CityLab, ElixHER, Feministing, GirlBoss, GrokNation, MEL and SIGNS, and she was a longtime contributor at Everyday Feminism and Mic. Carmen’s essays also appear in the WESPOKE anthology by Meital Yaniv and multiple Autostraddle and Argot print projects.
Carmen is also the former co-host and co-producer of THE BOSSY SHOW, a political talk show for young women, and TRIGGER HAPPY, a weekly video series for Binge Networks breaking down the top three feminist stories trending online. While at Ms., she also launched the Ms. LIVE Q&A video series on Facebook, sitting down with movement and thought leaders for conversations about feminist issues and culture.
In addition to her more public-facing work, Carmen has 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 was a founding blogger and activist with the SPARK Movement for girls empowerment and the inaugural managing editor of blog for the anti-violence campaign THE LINE.
Most recently, 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. She now works regularly with feminist organizations and campaigns as a digital strategist through her own freelance consulting practice and sits on the Advisory Board of An Economy of Our Own.
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, as well as on dozens of college campuses.
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.