Issue 06 Pre-Order is LIVE! Plus we're Raising Funds Through Kickstarter!
We've come a long way since our very first issue. Along with the upcoming release of Issue 06, we have launched a Kickstarter campaign with a big, but hopefully attainable goal in order to raise some capital. We were able to pay every single contributor this issue for the first time, AND we've done our largest run to-date (2,000 copies)! So we're asking our readers to invest in the future of the magazine so we can ensure the sustainability of Got a Girl Crush. This last year has been trying, to say the least. Political campaigns both in the United States and worldwide have unleashed a disturbing trends of regressive rhetoric and rising movements that seek to dismantle the progress that has been made over the last fifty plus years. We believe that at all times, but most especially in times like these, that independent publishing and independent voices are crucial. With Issue 06 we couldn’t help but to focus on women and topics surrounding activism, action, self empowerment, lifting others up and making the world a better place. We are honored to share their stories, which inspire us, and as always we hope our readers are equally inspired. The stories in this issue are accompanied by equally inspiring, colorful and beautiful design, artwork and imagery, making it a keepsake on par with an art book that can live on a coffee table or bookshelf and be revisited time and time again. We have only until July 30th, 2017 to reach our funding goal. Kickstarter is "all or nothing", if our goal is not met, we do not receive any of the funds, so we hope you consider helping us reach our funding goal through our Kickstarter campaign. Order your copy of the magazine and explore the other rewards that are up for offer, including but not limited to: a discount when you order a copy for yourself and a friend, Kickstarter exclusive swag, handwritten thank yous, mentions of thanks and support on our site, advertising and sponsorship options, and wholesale orders for our retail stockists.
As an added incentive, with each copy of the magazine that is ordered exclusively through Kickstarter we are including a free, limited edition "Girl Crush the Patriarchy" enamel pin designed by Vichcraft.
*(Not including wholesale orders of magazine)
Why We Need Funding:
We want to compensate those making the magazine what it is for all their hard work! We are now paying all of our contributors (both online and in print)--whereas before everyone donated 100% of their times and talents to the cause.
In addition to the magazine, we are constantly creating new content on our website, putting on events and want to help #ladiesgetpaid! We want to stop perpetuating the notion that indie publications can't compensate. We want to continue creating high quality content with substance, on a more frequent basis. We want to be able to continue hosting public events which help build community and have always left ourselves and participants energized and inspired. In order to make this sustainable, we need to grow and to grow we need funding.
We are asking our readers to invest in the future of the magazine and blog before we consider partnering or being sponsored by large entities we believe in, in order to maintain our voice.
We need funding to scale the size of the magazine. This involves larger runs (our last issue was only 1,000 copies and now we've moved up to 2,000), considering a bi-annual format, paying distributors, and hiring someone that is skilled at marketing to a wider audience because we truly stand behind that although this is a woman-owned, run, designed, published, distributed magazine--it is for everyone.
Featured in Issue 06:
Ada Colau - the radical mayor of Barcelona. Feature written by Shaina Machlus, illustrated by Libby VanderPloeg
Chelsea VonChaz - founder of #HappyPeriod hich provides menstrual hygiene kits to the homeless who would otherwise go without. Interview by Emily Twombly. Illustrations by Becca Human and Amanda Stosz.
Con las Amigas y n la Casa - a support networ of quee eminists advising women on how to obtain and take the abortion pil in Chile where it is illegal/criminal. Text by Ana Muñoz Padrós. Illustrated by Alexandra Bowman.
Cristy Road - Queer WOC rti, ctivis, usicia. Interview by Yana Calou.
Emma "Grandma" Gatewood - the first woman to hike the 2,050-mile Appalachian Trai. Excerpt from Game Changers: The Unsung Heroines of Sports History, text by Molly Schiot & Cass Bugge. Illustrated by Amanda Stosz.
Emma Robbins - Navajo/Jewish indigenous peoples activist, artist, & educato. Interview by SeiSei Tatbe-Goddu.
Genevieve Gaignard - photographer and installation artist known for work exploring issues of cultural identity as a self-identified mixed-race woma. Interview by Larissa Green.
Maya Elisabeth - award-winning owner of edible and topical medical marijuana line, Om Edibles, and co-partner with Whoopi Goldberg for a line o edical cannabis products designed specifically for relief from menstrual discomfort, Whoopi & Maya. Interview by Nadxi Nieto. Photographed by Meg Wachter. Illustrations by Danielle Guercio.
Portia Munson - visual artist who works in sculpture, installation, painting and digital photography, focusing on themes related to the environment and feminism. Interviewed by Caitlin Crews. Photographed by Amanda Stosz.
Shydeia Caldwell - founder of Black Girl Magik, an online and offline platform catered to women of colo. Interviewed by Sabriya Stukes. Photographed by Makeda Sanford.
Cover art by Loveis Wise.
Visit Kickstarter to explore some of the other rewards up for offer.