Jessica Valenti

Jessica Valenti - called one of the Top 100 Inspiring Women in the world by The Guardian - is a columnist at The Nation and the author of four books on feminism, politics and culture. Her third book, The Purity Myth: How America’s Obsession with Virginity is Hurting Young Women, won the 2010 Independent Publisher Book Award and was made into a documentary by the Media Education Foundation. She is also editor of the anthology Yes Means Yes: Visions of Female Sexual Power and a World Without Rape, which was named one of Publishers Weekly's Top 100 Books of 2009. Jessica founded, which Columbia Journalism Review called “head and shoulders above almost any writing on women’s issues in mainstream media.” Her writing has appeared in The Washington Post, The Nation, The Guardian, The American Prospect, Ms., Salon and Bitch magazine. Jessica lives in Brooklyn with her husband and daughter.