Starting in late April, author and journalist Jessica Valenti will be contributing daily to The Guardian‘s “Comment is Free” opinion section. From today’s announcement by the paper’s U.S. editor-in-chief Janine Gibson:
Valenti was previously a columnist for The Nation, where she wrote weekly for thenation.com and penned the bi-monthly “Body Politic” column. She is the founder of feministing.com, which Columbia Journalism Review called “head and shoulders above almost any writing on women’s issues in mainstream media.”
She is the author of four award-winning books, including The Purity Myth: How America’s Obsession with Virginity is Hurting Young Women, which won the 2010 Independent Publisher Book Award and was made into a documentary by the Media Education Foundation. Her latest book, Why Have Kids: A New Mom Explores the Truth About Parenting and Happiness, was called a “brave and bracing critique of our unrealistic parenting ideals” by Elle magazine.
Valenti’s hire follows last month’s addition of Matt Sullivan as U.S. opinion editor. The paper is promising that several more “major” opinion section hires in the near future.
On Valenti’s personal website, the move was framed as follows:
The Guardian UK is one of the first places that published my work, and I’ve done some of my favorite writing with them. So writing for Guardian US regularly is an absolute dream job.