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About me

I’m a New York-based (born in Sydney, most recently via London) journalist who is interested in the space where the personal meets the political. I’ve written about feminism, politics and social trends for publications including ABC Unleashed, The Age, The Atlantic, The Australian Literary Review, Cleo,  Cosmopolitan, The Courier-Mail, Daily Life, Girlfriend, Glamour, Grazia, Jezebel, The Monthly, New Matilda,, Russh, The Spectator, Stylist, Sunday Life, The Sydney Morning Herald, Vogue, The Walkley Magazine, YEN and more. And I’m currently finishing up a book on sex, power and identity for Simon & Schuster.

I’m excited by feminism, sociology, big ideas that are just about to break, meeting interesting people and connecting them with each other. 

That desire to connect with people is also the reason I started this blog, way back in October 2007. Over the past six years, I’ve connected with 100,000 subscribers around the global, been named one of Australia’s Best Feminist Blogs, nominated for Cosmopolitan’s Fun Fearless Female Awards and listed as one of’s 40 Bloggers to Watch.

One time, I traipsed through a field in the north of France (above) and it looked pretty whimsical.

I can be reached via email, on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. You can also ask me questions for my Ask Rachel column here.

Wondering where to get started? Here are some of my favourite posts…

On Feminism

We’re All Bad Feminists, Really
My Feminist Agenda: What’s yours?

The Musings of An Inappropriate Woman Guide to Feminist Wedding Planning

Slut Shaming: It’s Not About How Much Sex You’ve Had
How To Be A Feminist Intellectual (Or A Public Thinker of Any Kind, Really)
Ask Rachel: Why Do You Write For Women’s Magazines?
Back In My Day, Sexual Harassment Was Just Another Way of Saying “Hi”
Is “Intersectionality” a Dirty Word?

Kids Today, They Don’t Know How Slutty They Are!
On #dailywife and Writing For The Women’s Pages
Occupy Valentine’s Day: In Praise of Being Single
Ask Rachel: What Are Your Thoughts On Slutwalk?
No, Not Sexualisation. Objectification. Say it With Me.
Love Means Buying a Whole Lotta “Stuff”
The Problem With Pop-Feminism: Why Emily Gould Is Right
Everybody Loves a (Fake) Lesbian
“Everything’s Cool as Long as I’m Getting Thinner”: How Karl Defanged Lily Allen
(Not) Accepting Drinks From Strangers

On Creativity

Seven Enviable Lines: Advice For Freelance Writers
She Who Tries, Wins

Ask Rachel: How Do I Write A Killer Pitch Letter?
Ask Rachel: Should I Self-Publish?

Writing For “Exposure” Almost Never Works
Ask Rachel: How Do I Get More Blog Readers?
Mentoring Week: Why Hiring A Writing Coach Was the Best $240 I Ever Spent
Mentoring Week: Rethinking Mentoring
Mentoring Week: Mentoring and the Media Industry
Ask Rachel: How To Turn Work Experience Into A Job
On “Invisible Work”
Friends With Book Deals: AKA, the Art of Reviewing People You Know

On Everyday Life

The Number One Thing You Can Do To Grow Your Community of Dreamers and Do-ers
French Women Don’t Burn Out

Pics, Or It Didn’t Happen

On “Schtick.”
Where Should A Person Be?
On 29 and “Feeling Old”
How to Be Fabulous In Three Easy(ish) Steps
Decade In Review: 2009 = FAIL, 2000s = Win
The Joys and Sorrows of Being A Misfit
Swinging London Town: An Expat’s Lament
Thoughts on Meritocracy, Aspiration and Privilege
This Is Not A Passive Aggressive Note
Have You Ever Seen Yourself Through Someone Else’s Eyes? 
On Not Being In America: Notes From Beyond the Centre of the Universe
My name is Rachel, and I’m a workaholic. And I think the internet may have had something to do with it
You probably need less than you think you do

And if you’d like to learn more about me, here are some interviews I’ve done with…

The Fetch
Trespass Magazine
The Chicktionary
The Next Big Thing