Jill Filipovic

Jill Nicole Filipovic (born August 3, 1983)[2] is an attorney and author, well-known for promoting feminist and progressive causes.[3][4][5]

Jill Filipovic
Jill Filipovic
BornAugust 3, 1983 (age 35)
Alma materNew York University Law (2008)[1]
OccupationAttorney, writer
Known forBlogging at Cosmopolitan, The Huffington Post, Feministe
Spouse(s)Ty Lohrer McCormick (m. 2018)


Originally from the Seattle area, Filipovic earned a BA degree with dual majors in Journalism and Politics from New York University (NYU)[6] and a JD degree from the NYU School of Law in 2008.[1]


She was hired by Cosmopolitan to write for the cosmopolitan.com blog in April 2014.[7] Prior to that she was a columnist for The Guardian[8] and, since 2005, a blogger at Feministe, one of the largest feminist blogs.[9][10][11] She has written articles for the New York Times,[12] Washington Post,[13] and Time magazine,[14] and been a commentator on CNN.[15] In 2017 her book The H-Spot: The Feminist Pursuit of Happiness was published.


Men's rights groups

Filipovic has been an outspoken critic of A Voice for Men.[16] Michelle Goldberg, writing in The Washington Post, said she had been "singled out by [men's rights groups]" for her criticism.[17] She was also cited in Hate Crimes in Cyberspace as a victim of hate crime for her feminism.[18] According to Kerryn Goldsworthy, she has been googlebombed by her detractors.[19]

TSA and civil liberties

A Transportation Security Administration (TSA) screener was fired after Filipovic used her blog to describe an incident in which a handwritten comment was left in her luggage. She later wrote "I would much prefer a look at why 'security' has been used to justify so many intrusions into our civil liberties".[20]

Beauty pageants

Filipovic has been noted for her writing about beauty pageants, saying "the norms that these contests promote are unfortunately not ... obsolete ... we pay lip service to women's rights, but focus more on how good women look in a bathing suit".[21]

Name change

Filipovic's opposition to name change for women who marry, published in The Guardian in 2013 as "Why should married women change their names? Let men change theirs", was cited as recommended reading on the social construction of gender in Critical Encounters in Secondary English: Teaching Literacy Theory to Adolescents by Deborah Appleman (2014).[22][23] Filipovic married Ty Lohrer McCormick in 2018, and kept her last name upon marriage.[24][25]

Rasmea Odeh

Filipovic tacitly questioned Palestinian activist and former Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine member Rasmea Odeh's claims of having been tortured and raped as a means of coercing a confession to terrorist acts. Furthermore she said participation in terrorist acts, like those Odeh confessed to, was one of her "hard lines."[26]

Domestic violence and asylum

Filipovic has criticized Jeff Sessions’s directive to refuse grants of asylum to women fleeing domestic violence. She emphasised that women who suffer domestic violence in places where the government refuses to protect them are being persecuted. She stated that "Sessions, because of his deep antipathy toward immigrants and his misogynistic worldview that domestic violence is a private family matter, has undercut this promise of safe harbor – and taken a law meant for protection and turned it into a cudgel of sexist cruelty."[27]


Filipovic is of Serbian descent through her father's side of the family.[28] She married Ty Lohrer McCormick in 2018, and kept her last name upon marriage.[24][25]



  • Filipovic, Jill (2008), "Offensive feminism: the conservative gender norms that perpetuate rape culture, and how feminists can fight back", in Jaclyn Friedman, Jessica Valenti, Yes Means Yes: Visions of Female Sexual Power and A World Without Rape, Seal Press, ISBN 9780786727056
  • Filipovic, Jill (2017), The H-Spot: The Feminist Pursuit of Happiness, Nation Books, ISBN 978-1568585475


  1. ^ a b Annual conference: speakers, NYU Law Center for Reproductive Conference, 2014, archived from the original on July 15, 2015
  2. ^ Filipovic 2013.
  3. ^ "Opinion | The All-Male Photo Op Isn't a Gaffe. It's a Strategy. - The New York Times". Nytimes.com. Retrieved 2018-09-10.
  4. ^ "Lawyer Jill Filipovic - New York, NY Attorney". Avvo. Retrieved 2018-09-10.
  5. ^ Jill FilipovicVerified account. "Jill Filipovic on Twitter: "It's my birthday and my boyfriend just came home with my favorite flowers and three bags of cat litter because #TrueLove."". Twitter.com. Retrieved 2018-09-10.
  6. ^ "Jill Filipovic | HuffPost". Huffingtonpost.com. Retrieved 2018-09-10.
  7. ^ Nicole Levy (April 25, 2014), Cosmopolitan.com hires Jill Filipovic, burnishes feminist cred, Capital New York
  8. ^ "On Gender and Other Agendas", The Guardian, retrieved July 20, 2015
  9. ^ Twitter, Feminism and Race: A Roundtable, NPR, August 26, 2013
  10. ^ "About Jill", Feministe (blog), retrieved July 20, 2015
  11. ^ Chittal, p. 356.
  12. ^ Filipovic, Jill (September 10, 2015). "The Pope's Unforgiving Message of Forgiveness on Abortion". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved December 21, 2015.
  13. ^ Filipovic, Jill (June 12, 2015). "How a new generation of activists is trying to make abortion normal". The Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved December 21, 2015.
  14. ^ Filipovic, Jill. "Sex and the Single Boomer in Fear of Dying". TIME.com. Retrieved December 21, 2015.
  15. ^ By Jill FilipovicUpdated 9:21 AM ET, Sat May 6, 2017 (2017-05-06). "The white guys are back in charge (opinion)". CNN. Retrieved 2018-09-10.
  16. ^ Anna Merlan (October 24, 2014), "Men's Rights Idiots Impersonating Domestic Violence Prevention Group", Jezebel
  17. ^ Michelle Goldberg (February 20, 2015), "Feminist writers are so besieged by online abuse that some have begun to retire", The Washington Post
  18. ^ Citron 2014, pp. 111–112.
  19. ^ Kerryn Goldsworthy (March 27, 2007), "Jill Filipovic and the Googlebomb", Pavlov's Cat (blog)
  20. ^ TSA fires Newark Airport screener for personal note in luggage, Reuters, October 28, 2011
  21. ^ Day 2015, p. 197.
  22. ^ "Why should married women change their names? Let men change theirs | Jill Filipovic | Opinion". The Guardian. Retrieved 2018-08-17.
  23. ^ Appleman 2014, p. 85.
  24. ^ a b "Jill Filipovic, Ty McCormick - The New York Times". Nytimes.com. 2018-02-04. Retrieved 2018-09-10.
  25. ^ a b "Why I Changed My Mind About Marriage". Cosmopolitan.com. 2018-02-13. Retrieved 2018-09-10.
  26. ^ Jill FilipovicVerified account (2017-03-06). "Jill Filipovic on Twitter: "Having a hard time understanding why Rasmea Odeh has a leadership position in progressive organizing, even if her version of events is true."". Twitter.com. Retrieved 2018-09-10.
  27. ^ Filipovic, Jill (21 June 2018). "Why Trump thinks domestic violence victims don't deserve asylum". The Guardian. Retrieved 22 July 2018.
  28. ^ "Interview with Jill Filipovic, Writer and Editor of the Website "Feministe"". Drinking Diaries. September 25, 2013.
  29. ^ "Society of Professional Journalists | Sigma Delta Chi Awards". www.spj.org. Retrieved June 29, 2016.
  30. ^ "ELLE, The Nation, Esquire, Others, Among Planned Parenthood's 2015 Maggie Award Recipients :: Planned Parenthood". www.plannedparenthood.org. Retrieved June 29, 2016.
  31. ^ "Society of Professional Journalists | Sigma Delta Chi Awards". www.spj.org. Retrieved June 29, 2016.
  32. ^ "2014 Award Recipients and Photo Gallery". THE NEWSWOMEN'S CLUB OF NEW YORK. Retrieved June 29, 2016.

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