Louise Pennington is an award winning radical feminist writer and activist who writes about male violence against women and girls, victim blaming culture, celebrity culture, and women’s history. She won the group category at the Emma Humphrey’s Memorial Prize in 2014 for her work for the campaign organisation Everyday Victim Blaming. Her article “The Best Rape Prevention: Tell Men to Stop Raping” was short-listed for the prestigious Writing to End Violence Against Women award for 2014. She was also shortlisted for the 2015 Emma Humphrey’s Memorial Prize (Individual) for her writing on male violence.
Louise holds a double degree in history and education, as well as two post-graduate degrees in Holocaust Studies. She has published articles in two respected anthologies on the experiences of women in the Holocaust: ‘(Re)-Interpreting Stories of Sexual Violence: The Multiple Testimonies of Lucille Eichengreen’ in Life, Death and Sacrifice: Women and Family in the Holocaust and ‘Schillinger and the Dancer: Representing Agency and Sexual Violence in Holocaust Testimonies’ in Sexual Violence Against Jewish Women During the Holocaust (2010). The latter was part of the impetus behind Gloria Steinem’s founding of the organisation Women Under Siege.
As part of her commitment to supporting women’s writing, Louise founded the multi-media platform A Room of Our Own: A Feminist/ Womanist Network, which promotes women’s writings, activism and art. She has also founded an independent feminist publisher called EVB Press.