Soraya Chemaly is an award‐winning writer and activist whose works focus on the role of gender in culture, politics, religion, and media. Rage Becomes Her (2018) is her conversation‐shifting book that urges women to understand their anger, embrace its power, and use it for positive change.
Through a combination of priceless stories, rigorous research, and interviews with women of all backgrounds, Rage Becomes Her argues for a fresh conception of one of our core emotions. “Anger is our natural reaction to perceived injustice,” writes Chemaly. “It is a tool like any other, which means not being proficient with it puts us at a major disadvantage, and often in harms way.”
Analyzing female anger as it relates to topics like self‐worth, objectification, pain, care, fear, silence, denial, and political authoritarianism, Chemaly illuminates how women are socialized from a young age to repress their anger, revealing the harm that this causes, and then helps them learn how to marshal rage as a tool for positive change.
Chemaly is the Director of the Women’s Media Center Speech Project which aims to curb online abuse, increase media and tech diversity, and expand women’s freedom of expression. She is also the organizer of the Safety and Free Speech Coalition, an international civil society network dedicated to expanding women’s civic and political participation.
Chemaly currently serves on the national boards of the Women’s Media Center and Women, Action and the Media, as well as on the advisory councils of the Center for Democracy and Technology, VIDA, and Common Sense Media. As an activist, she has spearheaded multiple successful campaigns challenging corporations to address online harassment and abuse, restrictive content moderation and censorship, and institutional biases that affect free speech.
After occupying various leadership positions in corporate marketing and founding her own consulting firm, Chemaly returned to her writing and advocacy work full time. Her articles appear frequently in Time, the Guardian, The Nation, HuffPost, and The Atlantic, where she speaks frequently on topics related to inclusivity, free speech, sexualized violence, data, and technology. Follow her on Twitter and learn more at sorayachemaly.com and WomensMediaCenter.com.