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On March 8, 2012, a mouthy Black lesbian feminist launched a magazine.

Karen Hawkins Rebellious Magazine launch party 2012 by Carla K. Johnson
Rebellious Magazine Founder Karen Hawkins at our launch party in 2012; photo by Carla K. Johnson

And she’s never looked back.

Ten years later, we need independent feminist media more than ever.

Abortion rights are under attack. Women and non-binary people, particularly people of color and caregivers, have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic in every way imaginable. Despite the hashtag activism of the last few years, our opportunities have shrunk and our lives have become more perilous.

We need media for feminists, by feminists, for our whole-ass feminist lives.

Since our founding in 2012, Rebellious Magazine for Women has been the only feminist voice in Chicago to center women and non-binary folks in arts & culture, music, comedy, news, politics, entrepreneurship, sexuality and reproductive justice, and more.

Through articles, essays and visual storytelling, we’ve put feminists first. That includes both the feminists who read us, and those who create our content.

Rebellious is free to read but not free to produce. We pay our freelancers more than some of the biggest media companies in the country. You might be surprised to learn how many of the websites you read every day don’t pay writers anything at all for their work.

We’re funded almost entirely by individual contributions, and your gift to Rebellious goes directly to our diverse team of freelance writers, editors and creators.

The more you give, the more we’re able to do.

Reader support will help us realize our dreams of hiring Chicago’s first-ever Feminist News Reporter, of building the Feminist First Person Project for transformative personal essays, and for finally building the women’s sports reporting our city’s teams deserve. Your support will allow us to continue the groundbreaking, sex-positive, trauma-informed sexual health and reproductive justice reporting that was grant-funded in 2021. That grant has now ended, and we need support to keep it going.

With your help, we’ll keep growing for another 10 years and beyond.

We are woman-owned, Black-owned and queer-owned. 

Thank you for your support! We couldn’t do it without you.

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Karen Hawkins is the Founder and Rebelle in Chief of Rebellious Magazine. She is a recovering mainstream media reporter and editor who wants to thank her former boss for naming the online magazine she's...