Carmen Rios is a fresh and fierce feminist voice.
Over a decade on the digital frontlines of the feminist movement as a writer, editor and activist has earned Carmen a reputation as “petulant and idiotic,” “intimidating to some,” “vapid and uninteresting” and “brazenly misandrist.” She is currently the Managing Digital Editor at Ms. magazine, host of Bitch Media’s Popaganda podcast and co-host of Trigger Happy, a webseries tackling each week’s top stories about women’s issues. She is also a co-founder of and Contributing Editor at Argot Magazine.
Carmen was 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, Bitch, 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.
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. Her work has been covered by the Washington Post and the Guardian. She has been profiled by the New York Times, BITCH, and HerCampus.
Carmen has also made herself heard at live events and conferences, traveling the country to speak out about the feminist movement and contemporary women’s issues. She has delivered addresses and led workshops at 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. She’s spoken on college campuses and alongside Gloria Steinem and, through Ms., has led writing workshops for feminist scholars.
When she isn’t amplifying the feminist movement, Carmen is found at its digital frontlines. She’s spent the last ten years designing and executing innovative media projects at leading feminist organizations. She launched the viral #EducateCoaches campaign in the wake of Steubenville; spearheaded the social media strategy Hollaback! adopted during its global re-launch; and served 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.”) She is open to freelance writing work, speaking engagements and media opportunities, and exciting projects.