FemThreads explores, critiques and celebrates feminism and fashion in the 21st century. We offer a feminist analysis of news and culture, and we explore the ways to define and play with personal style – which means sometimes we’ll give a serious critique of the latest trends. Because no one looks good in leggings. WE PROMISE.
And who are we? Why, glad you asked:
Jackie Zimmerman was born and raised by conservatives in the great state of Michigan. Imagine their surprise (and disappointment) when their two daughters grew up to be strong, independent, democratic women. When Jackie was young the word feminism was never on her radar, but now in her ripe old age of 27, shes realized that empowering women is something that just came naturally. Shes received her BFA from Eastern Michigan and is currently pursuing a master’s of Library and Information Science from Wayne State. Jackie has a butt disease (Ulcerative Colitis), so if you ever want to talk about poop, shes your lady. In fact, its pretty much all she talks about on her blog, Blood, Poop, and Tears. Her conservative father created a family motto when she was young, “Never depend on a man.” He has recently admitted that perhaps he drove that point home a little to far.
Meg Wiegand didn’t realize “feminist” isn’t a dirty word until she fled her conservative hometown for that bastion of academic liberalism, The Ohio State University. In her free time, Meg runs long distances, knits square things and geeks out about music. An Ohio expat, Meg’s lived in Taiwan, China, Missouri and—currently—DC(ish). She still has no idea what she wants to be when she grows up (suggestions welcome).
Michelle LeGault graduated from Grand Valley State University with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a minor in creative writing. In 2009 she completed a graduate course at the Denver Publishing Institute. Full time, Michelle works as an office manager, part time as a sales associate and on the side as a managing editor for her church’s blog. She and her writer husband live in a one-and-a-half-story house in Minneapolis, MN with their dog, Mackinac.
Jenna Cooper has been a barista, liberal arts student, AmeriCorps volunteer, writer and preschool teacher all in the past six years, and now she’s busy figuring out what she wants to do next. Aside from that, Jenna is an unabashed gamer girl, long-distance runner, and craft-enthusiast. She kindly took in a rescue cat one month ago and a nerd-boy six years ago, and she lives with them and four other feminist-hippies in a quasi-co-op located in Austin, Texas.
Samantha A. Howard would prefer that you call her Sam, or Slam if you play your cards right. She recently graduated from Grand Valley State University with a double major in English as well as Women and Gender Studies. Slam describes herself as an liberal anti-racist ecofeminist; she also describes her style as “part girl, part boy, and all fashion faux pas.” Most of her skills lie in talking about feminism rather than writing about feminism, and talking about animals.
Lindsay Patton-Carson has been a feminist since her mom gave her a copy of “Jane and the Dragon” and let her play with Ninja Turtles when all the other girls were grasping at Polly Pocket. She graduated from Grand Valley State University with a bachelor’s degree in journalism with a Spanish minor. Currently, she is the associate editor for Revue Magazine, an entertainment guide based out of Grand Rapids. Lindsay prefers puppies to babies.
Erin K. O’Neill works for a photo agency and recently earned her M.A. from the University of Missouri. A devotee of literature, photography, existentialism, and all things Australian, she excels at staying a step above campus casual. Erin wishes she could be a Betty or Joan, but knows she’s really a Peggy.
Fashion Editor Lindsay Ray is a fashionista-in-training, who lives a life that she believes is straight from a Jane Austen novel in many ways.
Ivy Ashe is thrilled to have moved on to the world of blogging after spending the past several months finishing a master’s thesis. When not freelancing for the Martha’s Vineyard Gazette, she spends an inordinate amount of time mapping out road trips she will probably never take and keeping track of Boston sports teams. Ivy is currently on a quest to own a pair of pants in every color in the Crayola No. 24 box.
Teen Writer Ella Webb attends high school in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where she has lived since age three. In her free time she enjoys taking pictures, rowing crew, and reading various magazines, books, and blogs. Ella currently works as a lifeguard, which funds her long harbored fashion addiction.
Founding Editor Tara Cavanaugh is so tempted to tell strangers their leggings are not actual pants. She adores her day job, her rescued racing dog, and her manly man who cooks, gardens and makes her giggle. She lives in Ann Arbor but dresses like she’s from a bustling metropolis (well, three people have told her that). Right now she’s really into pastel nail polish, cigarette pants and sixties eye makeup. But she’s always into stripes, A-line dresses, trench coats, black high-heeled wedges, and women wielding words as a clever, cutting weapon against bullshit.