Maureen Shaw is an expert on reproductive rights, violence against women and feminist activism. She is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of sherights.com, an online magazine devoted to women’s rights and issues, and is a regular contributor to various online outlets.
She has dedicated the better part of the past decade to volunteering and working with women’s rights NGOs and non-profits, including the NGO Committee on the Status of Women, the NGO Working Group on Women, Peace & Security, and the National Organization for Women – NYC chapter (NOW-NYC).
For more than six years, Shaw served on NOW-NYC’s Board of Directors, wherein she advocated for the women and girls of NYC through public education, grassroots organizing and lobbying, with a focus on promoting reproductive health, achieving economic empowerment, and ending discrimination and violence against women. Prior to shifting to a non-profit path, Shaw enjoyed a successful career in public relations.
In addition to sherights.com, Shaw’s writing has appeared in HuffPost Women, Mic.com, Qz.com, Feministing.com, Fem2.0, Jezebel, OURS Magazine, The New York Writers Coalition blog, the New York Daily News, Peacewomen.org and more. Additionally, she has been featured in media outlets including Think Progress, Columbia Journalism Review, CBS News, WCBS Radio, New York Magazine and USA Today, among others.
Shaw holds a Master’s of Arts in Human Rights from Columbia University. Her thesis, "Mass Rape on the World Stage: The Adjudication of Sexual Violence in International Criminal Tribunals," compares how said crimes were tried in the U.N.'s Yugoslav and Rwandan tribunals, and how forthcoming trials for human rights abuses in the Democratic Republic of the Congo should address mass rape.
Follow Shaw on Twitter @MaureenShaw and @sherights.
Fem2.0 [March 2012]
What Happened When I Went Off the Pill
Jezebel [August 2011]
Moving Beyond Rhetoric: Assessing the Impact of Resolution 1325
PeaceWomen.org [June 2010]
Pricing Plan B
Feministing.com [December 2007]
It's Time NYC Takes Rape Seriously
New York Writer's Coalition blog [March 2012]
Will survivors of sexualized violence in Kenya see justice?
Women Under Siege [January 19, 2014]
Science shows gender neutral toys empower children, and possibly society at large
Quartz [September 5, 2015 ]
My Postpartum Depression Did Not Make Me A Bad Mom
Quartz [August 25, 2015 ]
Moms Shouldn't Have to Work Overtime to Prove They're Still Useful When Pregnant
Quartz [May 4, 2015]
Can You Raise A Little Boy In Your Daughter's Pink Room?
Quartz [April 5, 2015]
Maureen Shaw Bio
Language Matters: Why I Don’t Fear Being Called ‘Pro-Abortion’
Rewire.News [June 27, 2016]
Hillary Clinton Changed the Way My Daughter Thinks About Her Future.
Quartz [June 21, 2016]
How to Solve Three Common Bedtime Battles, According to Game Theory.
VanWinkles.com [June 7, 2016]
Preventing a Provider From Talking About Abortion Isn’t About Safety, It’s About Stigma.
Rewire.News [May 9, 2016]
Becoming a Mother Made Me Even More Pro-Choice
Rewire.News [May 2, 2016]
6 Ways Parenting a 3-Year-Old Is Like Running for President.
ScaryMommy.com [March 28, 2016]
What it’s like to parent when you’re a rape survivor.
Quartz [March 21, 2016]
The most important lesson I learned about motherhood? Be more selfish.
Quartz [February 7, 2016]
How many kids do I need before people stop asking me when I’m having another?
Quartz [November 22, 2015]
Why Can’t a Pregnant Woman Enjoy a Glass of Wine?
The Atlantic [November 3, 2015]
A Chat with Obvious Child’s Director
shewrites [July 9, 2014]
National Study Highlights the Prevalence of Street Harassment
shewrites [June 4, 2014]