Carmen Rios is a fresh and fierce feminist voice—and a pioneering digital activist.
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.” She is currently the host of Bitch Media’s Popaganda podcast, a co-founder of and Contributing Editor at the Webby Award-nominated Argot Magazine and a freelance writer, editor and consultant building a better feminist Internet.
Carmen most recently spent over three years as the Managing Digital Editor at Ms. magazine; she was previously the Feminism Editor, Social Media Co-Director, and Community Director at Autostraddle for six years; a founding blogger and activist with the SPARK Movement; a longtime contributor at Everyday Feminism and Mic; and the inaugural managing editor of THE LINE Campaign blog. Her writing has additionally been published by outlets like BuzzFeed, The Atlantic’s CityLab, ElixHER, GirlBoss, MEL, the Women’s Media Center and Feministing. She 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.
A nationally-recognized thought leader and SheSource expert, Carmen frequently appears in media and at events 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 and profiled by the New York Times, BITCH and HerCampus, and her work has been covered by the Washington Post and the Guardian. Carmen has also delivered addresses and led workshops 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 dozens of college campuses.
When she isn’t amplifying the feminist movement, Carmen can be found behind-the-tweets building it. She’s spent the last ten years designing and executing innovative media strategies for leading feminist organizations—including authoring the viral #EducateCoaches campaign in the wake of Steubenville, writing the social media strategy Hollaback! adopted during its global re-launch and serving as the Media Organizer at the first-ever SlutWalk in Washington, D.C.
Carmen 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. (Her favorite message is still the email she once received from a man she never met describing her voice as reminiscent of “Joe Camel the day after a bender.”)