Newsletter

Stay up to date with the latest from MAKERS delivered straight to your inbox. Sign up for new stories from trailblazing women, a big dose of inspiration, and exclusive MAKERS content.

Newsletter Confirmation

Thank you for joining! Please check your inbox for our special welcome letter
with exclusive updates from MAKERS.

MAKERS Moment

Feeling Discouraged

Feeling Discouraged

More From Courtney E.

In this video

Tagged as

Martin explains how she channeled her feelings of discouragement into a book.

Courtney E. 's Biography

Early Career Ambitions: Waitress or doctor
Professional Inspiration: Pat Mitchell
In Her Twenties: She wrote and performed in the Lower East Side.
Her Favorite Interviews: "The most amazing interviews I've ever done are with totally ordinary, totally unknown people."

Courtney E. Martin’s first book, Perfect Girls, Starving Daughters: How the Quest for Perfection is Harming Young Women was called “smart and spirited” by the New York Times. Since then she has written five books focusing on issues of equality, social justice, parenthood, media and feminism. Her most recent, Project Rebirth: Survival and the Strength of the Human Spirit from 9/11 was released in conjunction with the documentary film, Rebirth, by the Academy Award-winning filmmaker, James Whitaker. Courtney is also an editor at Feministing.com, which recently won the Hillman Prize for Blog Journalism. 

Related Videos

Ophelia Dahl
Ophelia Dahl
World Health Care Advocate

Ophelia Dahl is an American health care advocate who has fought for the rights of the poor and sick for over twenty years. The daughter of two accomplished parents, author Roald Da...

Lydia Villa-Komaroff
Lydia Villa-Komaroff
Molecular Biologist

Lydia Villa-Komarrof's decision to pursue a career in science was decidedly unconventional for Mexican American upbringing in Santa Fe, New Mexico. "Traditionally, Hispani...

Eleanor Holmes Norton
Eleanor Holmes Norton
U.S. Congresswoman, District of Columbia

Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, now in her twelfth term as the Congresswoman for the District of Columbia, knew from a young age she wanted to make change to end the severe se...

Jane Chen
Jane Chen
Non-Profit Healthcare Advocate

Jane Chen is the Co-Founder and CEO of Embrace, a social enterprise aiming to help millions of vulnerable babies born in developing countries through the creation of low-cost infan...