‘Jezebel’ website creator to speak at annual Elizabeth Cady Stanton Luncheon


    LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Anna Holmes, writer, editor and creator of the women’s website Jezebel, will deliver the keynote address at the Women’s Center 9th annual Elizabeth Cady Stanton luncheon Wednesday, Nov. 16.

    Holmes, who’s lived in New York since 1991, created Jezebel in 2007 as part of the Gawker group of websites. Holmes, who stepped down as editor of Jezebel in 2010, has also written and edited for publications including the New York Times, Glamour, InStyle, Sports Illustrated, Harper’s and Newsweek.

    Her first book, “Hell Hath No Fury: Women’s Letters From the End of the Affair,” was published in 2002. She is currently overseeing “The Book of Jezebel,” which will be published in 2012 or 2013. Holmes is also a contributing columnist to the Washington Post, where she writes about gender, politics, pop culture and race issues.

    Holmes’ topic will be “Gender Politics, Pop Culture and Progressive Change on the Web.” She will discuss how media have used pop culture as a way to engage and inspire young women to recognize gender politics and spur them to action and activism. Much of the emphasis of the talk will focus on how Holmes conceived of and executed Jezebel.

    The 2011 Elizabeth Cady Stanton Awards Luncheon commemorates the birthday of Stanton, a 19th century pioneer of women’s rights. The lunch will be 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the University Club, Belknap Campus. Tickets are $25 per person and must be purchased by Nov. 9. For reservations and more information, call the Women’s Center at 502-852-8976.

    Also at the luncheon, the Women’s Center will honor winners of the 2011 Mary K. Tachau Gender Equity Award, sponsored by the Commission on the Status of Women, and the Dr. M. Celeste Nichols Professional Development Award. The first award recognizes an individual who has worked to improve gender equity in the community and the latter award is for graduate students. Nominations forms for both awards are available at louisville.edu/womenscenter. The deadline to apply is Oct. 7.

    Brandy Warren
    Brandy Warren is coordinator for marketing and communications in UofL’s Office of Communications and Marketing, where she manages special events and promotes UofL’s Division of Student Affairs. She previously worked at daily newspapers in Kentucky and Alabama.