Jill Filipovic is a Nairobi-based journalist and author of the new book The H-Spot: The Feminist Pursuit of Happiness.
Jill is someone I’ve known both online and in real life for many years. She is a contributing opinion writer for the New York Times and regular contributor to the Guardian among many other publications. She is also one of the original pioneers of political blogging — her contributions to the blog Feministe helped inspire the growth of a very vibrant feminist blogosphere that exists to this day.
We kick off with a discussion about some her global health reporting from Ghana and Niger. Jill and I spoke a few days after the State Department issued some clarifying guidance on how the Trump administration would interpret what is known as the Global Gag Rule. Jill explains what the Global Gag Rule is and how Trump’s interpretation of it is a profound deviation from how previous Republican administrations sought to prevent US global health aid from contributing to abortions.
We then pivot to a conversation about her life, career, and her book–which is getting rave reviews.