Rachel Sklar is a writer, entrepreneur and feminist based in New York. She is the co-founder of Change The Ratio, which increases visibility and opportunity for women in tech & new media, and TheLi.st, a network & media platform for awesome women. A former lawyer who writes about media, politics, culture & technology, Rachel was a founding editor at Mediaite and the Huffington Post.
Rachel has written widely for publications including New York Times, Newsweek/Daily Beast, Politico, Mashable, Medium, Mother Jones, Glamour, Elle, Marie Claire and co-created and hosted the first Daily Beast video interview show. She is the author of A Stroke of Luck: Life, Crisis and Rebirth of a Stroke Survivor (1998) and has contributed to several anthologies, including TheLi.st's The 10 Habits of Highly Successful Women (2014), My Parents Were Awesome (2011), This Is Why You’re Fat (2009) and Camp Camp: Where Fantasy Island Meets Lord of the Flies (2007). She co-edits TheLi.st @ Medium, a collection of current writing by and about superstar women.
Rachel has recently become an outspoken advocate for single moms since she has recently become one. So far so good. She is an advisor to several startups, including Vox Media, The Daily Muse, Lover.ly, Bustle, DonorsChoose, TeachAIDS.org and She’s The First, and speaks widely at conferences, events and on TV. She is the co-host of “The Salon” on The Jewish Channel (check local listings!) and a proud member of the Reboot, TED & Summit communities and the Lean In launch team.
Rachel’s other initiatives include founding Charitini, a social enterprise to facilitate group giving around events, and CTRComedy - an all-women comedy initiative which quadrupled the number of women performing comedy at SXSW in 2011 and 2012. An avid lyricist, she has performed in musical, comedy and musical comedy shows at Joe’s Pub, Sixth & I, Caroline’s, UCB, 54 Below, the 92nd St. Y (uptown and downtown!) and various smaller venues around NY.
Rachel was named to the Silicon Alley 100 in 2009, 2010, 2011 & 2013, FastCompany’s “League of Extraordinary Women,” Forbes’ “Women Changing The World,” JWA’s “Making Trouble, Making History” award, 40 Women To Watch Over 40, Marie Claire’s “New Guard” and has earned numerous awards for her writing, including multiple Mirror Award nominations, two People’s Choice Mirror awards, and inclusion in HuffPost Women’s Required Reading for Women in 2013 and 2014. In 2014, the #changetheratio hashtag was named one of Forbes’ Viral Hits for Empowering Women & Girls. In 2012 TheLi.st won a grant from the Knight Foundation, in 2013 she was profiled by the New York Times, in 2014 she contributed to President Obama’s White House Correspondents Dinner speech, in 2015 she had a baby, and 2016′s not over yet. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @rachelsklar, Snapchat at sklarra, and sing showtunes with her anytime.