Soraya Chemaly is a writer and activist whose work focuses on the role of gender in culture, politics, religion and media. She is the Director of the Women's Media Center Speech Project and organizer of the Safety and Free Speech Coalition, both of which are involved in curbing online abuse, media and tech diversity, and expanding women's freedom of expression.  


Soraya started her career working as an associate editor at Paris Passion/Time Out Magazine in Paris and was the co-founder and editor of a DC-based city listings magazine, Key DC, for several years before joining the Gannet Corporation as Precision Marketing Manager and New Media Analyst. In 1994, she left Gannett to help launch the Newspaper and Media Division at Claritas Corporation (now part of Nielsen, Inc.), a pioneer in consumer demography, database marketing and data technology owned by VNU.  She served as Claritas' Senior Vice President of Corporate Marketing, responsible for market development and marketing strategy, before leaving in 2001 to form her own consulting firm, working in the media and data technology fields. ​ 


In 2013, she won the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication’s (AEJMC)'s Donna Allen Award for Feminist Advocacy and the Secular Woman Feminist Activism Award. ​In 2014, she was named one of Elle Magazine's 25 Inspiring Women to Follow on Twitter. She writes and speaks regularly about gender, media, tech, education, women's rights, sexual violence and free speech. 

About Me

Writing. Making Ways.

Soraya Chemaly

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About Me

DO YOU EVER WONDER WHY IN 2016...


...the top job for women in the US is the same as it was in 1960? 


...marital rape is still not outlawed in large parts of the world? 


...the mass incarceration of Americans, mostly black, is not considered a human rights travesty? 


...the age of peak political ambition for an American girl is nine? 


...women, better educated, healthier and safer than 100 years ago, still aren't anywhere near parity as our leaders? 



Women, Action and The Media, Board Member


Women's Media Center, Board Member


Emerge America, Former National Board Member


Common Sense Media, Washington DC Advisory Council Member

Center for Democracy and Technology, Advisory Board Member


No Bully, Advisory Board Member​

In This Together Media, Advisory Board Member


FORCE: Upsetting Rape Culture, Former Advisory Board Member​

Secular Woman, Advisory Board Member