Kate Schatz is the New York Times-bestselling author of the Rad Women series, which includes Rad American Women A-Z, Rad Women Worldwide, Rad Girls Can, and the illustrated journal My Rad Life. She’s a writer, public speaker, educator, activist, and co-founder of Solidarity Sundays, a nationwide network of over 200 feminist activist groups who meet monthly to take coordinated non-violent political action. Her book of fiction, Rid of Me: A Story, was published in 2006 as part of the acclaimed 33 1/3 series, and her essay “Dear White People” appears in the recent anthology Radical Hope: Letters of Love & Dissent in Dangerous Times. Her work has been published in LENNY, Buzzfeed, Signature, Oxford American, and East Bay Express, and her short story “Folsom, Survivor” was included as a “Notable Short Story” in Best American Short Stories 2011. Recent speaking engagements and media appearances have included numerous public schools and libraries; tech companies like Google and Pixar; national outlets like MSNBC and NPR; podcasts like Politically Reactive and Nerdette; and the Joyful Persistence conference, where she spoke alongside Senator Elizabeth Warren. She lives with her three cats, two kids, and one partner on the island of Alameda.
Kate received her MFA in Fiction from Brown University, and a double BA in Women’s Studies/Creative Writing from UC Santa Cruz.