Public Speaker Deborah Siegel with Speaking Matters, a speakers bureau

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Deborah Siegel


  • Sisterhood, Interrupted: From Radical Women to Grrls Gone Wild... and Beyond
  • Tots in Genderland
  • Writing Parenthood, Parenting Writerhood

Travels from: Chicago, IL

Deborah Siegel is an expert in women, politics, and the unfinished business of feminism across generations. She's the author of Sisterhood, Interrupted: From Radical Women to Grrls Gone Wild (Palgrave), co-editor of the literary anthology Only Child (Random House), founder of the group blog Girl w/Pen and co-founder of She Writes, the largest online community for women who write. Her work has appeared in venues including The Washington Post, The Guardian,, The Forward, Kveller, Slate, The Huffington Post, The American Prospect, Ms., More, and Psychology Today, in multiple anthologies, and on her blogs. She has been featured on The Today Show, at TEDx, and in The New York Times.

Deborah earned her Ph.D. in English and American Literature from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and has been a Visiting Fellow at Barnard College and the University of Michigan. She is currently is a Visiting Scholar in Gender and Sexuality Studies at Northwestern University and a senior facilitator with The OpEd Project. She is currently engaged in a multimedia experiment in thinking aloud, and in community, about the gendering of early childhood, which encompasses illustrated essays, a Pinterest board (Tots in Genderland), a Tumblr (The Pink and Blue Diaries), and more.

When not writing about her boy/girl twins, she helps amplify women's voices in public spaces by teaching and coaching academics, executives, entrepreneurs, philanthropists, retired leaders, and many others with powerful messages who wish to create public platforms for their ideas.
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Preview Videos:

TEDx WindyCity Talk

Women's Advancement & Activism Over the Past 40 Years

WEBINAR: Thought Leadership for Writers!

"With the mind of an academic and the voice of the populous, Deborah is both passionate and inspiring. She weaves a story for her audience that pulls them to the front of their chairs and helps them see their world in new and different ways. More than any other speaker I have seen, Deborah can bring together a diverse audience of men and women, multiple generations, and a variety of ethnicities into common thinking and discussion. Amazing!"

Rebecca London, Ph.D.
Director of Research
John W. Gardner Center for
Youth and Their Communities
Stanford University