Who We Are

Courtney E. Martin

Courtney E. Martin

Courtney E. Martin is a writer, speaker, and strategist living in Brooklyn. She is the coauthor of Project Rebirth: Survival and the Strength of the Human Spirit from 9/11 Survivors; and author of Do It Anyway: The New Generation of Activists; and Perfect Girls, Starving Daughters: How the Quest for Perfection is Harming Young Women. She is an alumna of WMC Progressive Women's Voices.

Courtney E. Martin is a WMC SheSource expert on Media and Entertainment and Humanitarian.


Featured Columns

Leaning In Can Get You Laid Out

Leaning In Can Get You Laid Out

March 14, 2013

Media discussions of Sandberg’s advice for getting ahead in the corporate world miss an important consideration, says author and social media strategist Courtney E. Martin. More »

Life in Lady Writer Heaven

Life in Lady Writer Heaven

July 23, 2012

Solitude in a "cottage-of-one's-own" came to this writer with some unexpected challenges. More »

My Mom and the Bearded Lady

My Mom and the Bearded Lady

May 10, 2012

The author's mother has given her an early exposure to a diverse collection of women, which serves her well as a writer and strategic activist. More »

Is Crisis Our Opportunity To Acknowledge Interdependence?

Is Crisis Our Opportunity To Acknowledge Interdependence?

November 3, 2011

Marked by protest and environmental disaster, world-wide crisis may finally force us to turn to each other for solutions, ushering in The Great Liberation, suggests author and blogger Courtney E. Martin. More »

Generation Misunderstood

September 7, 2010

Far from self involvement, far from apathy, WMC Progressive Women's Voices alumna Courtney Martin sees the promise of new forms of activism developing from her generation. She tells us about it in her new book published this week. More »

Usual Suspects: On Completing the Washington Post’s Next Great American Pundit Contest

November 30, 2009

The writer made it to the final stages as a contender for coveted space in the pages of one of the nation’s premier newspapers—and learned just how far we are from gaining equal access in public discourse. More »

New Report Indicates that Rape Kit Backlog Likely a National Crisis

April 16, 2009

A study of crime labs in Los Angeles indicates that many sexual assault victims wait in vain for prosecution of rapists. The lead investigator for Human Rights Watch, Sarah Tofte, now wants to study backlogs at labs in cities across the country. More »

The Fox Disconnect

February 18, 2009

As part of a Women’s Media Center campaign demanding that Bill O’Reilly apologize for his personal, sexist attack on the legendary White House correspondent Helen Thomas, Courtney Martin, a member of the WMC Progressive Women’s Voices program, appeared on The O’Reilly Factor this week to drive the message home. Here is Martin's account of the experience and its aftermath. (The WMC also received hundreds of hateful, profanity-laced, sometimes threatening emails and calls after calling for O’Reilly’s apology) More »

Fanning the Flames of Youth Civic Engagement

June 3, 2008