Author of "A Girl's Guide To Joining The Resistance”
A cheerleader of women, Emma bravely faced her fears and harnessed her courage to push up against gender and societal norms. With aspirations to give those who are marginalized a voice, she’s become a champion of women.
Emma Gray is a senior reporter focused on women's issues at HuffPost, and the author of "A Girl's Guide To Joining The Resistance." She is also the co-host of the "Bachelor"-themed podcast, "Here To Make Friends," which was named a "must-listen" by The Daily Dot, and has appeared as an expert on the Today Show, Good Morning America, The Insider and Entertainment Tonight. Her work has also appeared in Cosmopolitan, Nylon and Teen Vogue.
What was your inspiration behind "A Girl's Guide to Joining the Resistance?"
I covered the 2016 presidential election for HuffPost, which meant that I was at the Javits Center along with the Hillary Clinton campaign on election night. My team and I thought we were going to be writing a story about our nation electing its first woman president, but obviously that's not what happened. I found myself around the corner from the Javits Center interviewing people, many of them young women, as they streamed out of the Clinton campaign's block party. There was a lot of pain, fear and anger in those interviews. A few months later, I got to go down to D.C. to cover the first Women's March, and I got to see what it looked like when that pain and fear and anger is channeled into civic action. It made me want to look more closely at that movement, that activist energy, and the women who were both leading it and participating in it.
Did you feel any apprehensions or insecurities when speaking your truth in the book? If so, how did you push past that or get comfortable with the uncomfortable?
It's always terrifying to put yourself out there, especially in a permanent form like a book. I was nervous people would hate it, or that my point of view wouldn't be clear, or that my voice wouldn't be deemed interesting, that I would feel invisible. Eventually, I realized that was the fear talking. Some part of my myself was trying to protect me from the possibility of rejection or failure - but ultimately I had to realize that the best things come from moments where you might be rejected or you might fail. Once I recognized that, I was able to push forward.
What would you like women to get out of reading your book?
I want women, who are so often told to make ourselves smaller and take up less space, to realize that their voices are powerful and that they should make them louder and take up more space in the world. I also want my readers to understand how vital it is to our democracy that we all involve ourselves in our political system -and use whatever privileges we have to amplify the voices and experiences of those who are most marginalized.