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Courtney Martin

Do It Anyway, CLICK

Courtney E. Martin is a former editor at and the creator of The Secret Society for Creative Philanthropy. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Newsweek, the Christian Science Monitor, The American Prospect, The Nation, Glamour, and a variety of anthologies, among other publications. Courtney has appeared on Good Morning America, NBC News’s TODAY, The O’Reilly Factor, CNN, and MSNBC, among other major media outlets.

In her book Do It Anyway: The New Generation of Activists, Courtney profiles eight young people doing social justice work on the ground. In early-2010, Seal Press published her first anthology, co-edited with J. Courtney Sullivan, CLICK: When We Knew We Were Feminists. Courtney also co-wrote the life story of AIDS activist Marvelyn Brown, called The Naked Truth: Young, Beautiful and (HIV) Positive. Courtney’s first book, Perfect Girls, Starving Daughters: How the Quest for Perfection is Harming Young Women was awarded a Books for a Better Life nomination and was called “smart and spirited” by The New York Times. In 2011, Penguin published her fifth book, Project Rebirth: Survival and the Strength of the Human Spirit from 9/11 Survivors, released in conjunction with a film called Rebirth by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Jim Whitaker.

In addition, Courtney consults with social justice organizations throughout the nation, including the Paley Center for Media, Ms. Foundation for Women, the National Council for Research on Women, the Women’s Funding Network, The International Museum of Women, and The Women’s Therapy Centre Institute. She contributed the conclusion to the groundbreaking Shriver Report, released by the Center for American Progress.

Courtney is a recipient of the Elie Wiesel Prize in Ethics, was a resident of the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center, and was a speaker at the inaugural TEDWomen Conference in December 2010.

Courtney earned her Bachelor of Arts from Barnard College in political science and sociology and her Master of Arts from the Gallatin School at New York University in writing and social change.

“One of our most insightful culture critics and one of our finest young writers” – Parker Palmer

“Her writing is varied, transformational, and necessary for us all” – Jane Fonda

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