Courtney Martin is an author, philanthropist, blogger, editor, and lecturer on topics such as feminism, activism, and philanthropy. Her first book, Perfect Girls, Starving Daughters: How the Quest for Perfection is Harming Young Women is about twenty-first century culture and its impact on women. The book delves into topics such as food and weight obsession, celebrity images and their effect on girls, and how new doors opened to women have been twisted into a “you must do everything” sense of self. This book was complimented by The New York Times and was nominated for a Books for a Better Life award. Courtney’s latest book, Project Rebirth: Survival and the Strength of the Human Spirit from 9/11 Survivors, written with Dr. Robin Stern, takes a look at the lives on nine people who were forever changed by the tragedy. The book does not recall the events of the day, but instead looks at the peace found in the individuals, and how resilient they have been since the events.
Courtney also founded the Secret Society for Creative Philanthropy (SSCP). According to the Society’s website, the organization was founded when Courtney decided to give ten of her friends $100 and asked them to give it away, creatively. They were also asked to go to a bar and share their giving story. The giving and coming together to share stories of giving has since multiplied, and people gather once a year (at a top secret annual meeting) in cities across the United States. You can read more about the society here.
Courtney is both an editor and contributor to an online community that pledges to “provide a platform for feminist and pro-feminist writing, to connect feminists online and off, and to encourage activism” (feministing.com) Her feministing profile says that she loves stories and dance parties and hates expensive cupcakes, boredom, and excuses. All of these seemingly fragmented ventures, loves, and hates come together into one award winning and passionate woman.
By- Casey Hicks