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NEW YORK – May 23, 2017 – Feminist columnist and bestselling author Jessica Valenti has been named a contributing editor to, it was announced today by digital director Jessica Pels. In her new role, Valenti will pen a weekly column for the site, expanding on’s in-depth coverage of politics, feminism and culture. Her appointment was effective May 22.

“Jessica is searingly smart—her insight into the issues facing women today is more of a must-read than ever before,” said Pels. “I’m thrilled to bring her on board as’s contributing editor, and for her column on politics and feminism to become a destination that informs the way our readers see the world.”

Valenti, who the Washington Post called one of the most successful and visible feminists of her generation, is the author of multiple books on feminism, politics and culture, and founder of Her latest book, Sex Object: A Memoir, was a New York Times bestseller.

“I couldn’t be more excited to join and add to the already-amazing work that they’re doing on gender and politics,” said Valenti. “The team at Marie Claire is the smartest around, and I think we’re going to have a lot of fun together.”

Valenti has a master’s degree in Gender Studies from Rutgers University and lives in Brooklyn with her husband and daughter.


About Hearst Magazines Digital Media

Hearst Magazines Digital Media reaches nearly 80 million site visitors each month [comScore] and 132 million social media followers, with 22 digital brands including Cosmopolitan, ELLE, Marie Claire, Esquire, Good Housekeeping, Harper’s BAZAAR, Seventeen, and Delish. The portfolio also includes Sweet, a collaboration with Snapchat on its Discover platform. Hearst Magazines is a unit of Hearst (, one of the nation's largest diversified media information and services companies.


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Wednesday, May 24, 2017