Laura Bates

Founder, Everyday Sexism Project

Laura Bates is the founder of the award-winning Everyday Sexism Project, an ever-increasing collection of over 50,000 women's experiences of gender imbalance. The stories come from women of all ages, races and sexual orientations, disabled and non disabled, employed and unemployed, religious and non religious. The project has expanded into 17 countries and become internationally renowned, featuring in media from the New York Times to French Glamour, CNN to Grazia South Africa, Cosmopolitan to the Times of India. 

The Everyday Sexism Project has been used by MPs, Police forces and the Council of Europe, among other bodies, to improve sex and relationships education policy, initiatives for tackling sexual offences and government media equality guidelines.

Laura writes regularly for the Guardian, the Independent, Grazia, and Red Magazine and has contributed to the Financial Times and the New Statesman among others. Laura is also Contributor for Women Under Siege, a New York-based organisation working against the use of rape as a tool of war in conflict zones worldwide. As part of her work for Women Under Siege, she consulted for the recent British Foreign Office Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative, a central feature of the UK's presidency of the 2013 G8 Summit.