My name is Ashley Lauren. I am many things, but to start, I am a 28-year-old high school English teacher in the suburbs of Chicago, IL. I graduated with a BA in English Literature with a specialization in Creative Writing in May 2006, and I received my MA in English Studies in May 2010. I was the founder and served as executive editor of the education blog, Equality 101 for a year before I moved to being a Staff Writer for Gender Across Borders. Now that GAB is no longer accepting posts, I write for Care2. You can also find me informally blogging on Tumblr and posting photos on Pinterest from time to time. I am a feminist in the sense that I believe every person in this world deserves the right to live the life they desire without judgment. I believe that no one in this world should feel hate or discrimination or oppression.
I enjoy writing here about whatever I want (because it’s my site!), but mostly about gender roles as they connect to relationships (particularly mine), teaching, and the general ridiculousness that is this world we live in. I seek to find inspiration and practice writing here about many topics, with the idea that my small strokes will fell big oaks of oppression. Eventually.
I also have been known to write elsewhere from time to time.
For more information about my posting and comment policy, visit my Policy page.