Erin Matson is an organizer, writer, and leader working in the intersections of feminism, reproductive justice, activism, culture change, and progressive politics. A proud anorexia survivor, she is recognized for creativity, vision, breakthrough campaigns and communications, motivating and mentoring others, and fearless advocacy and storytelling. Erin is a nationally sought speaker on topics including body image, feminism, and activism, and has appeared frequently on television, including MSNBC, CSPAN, Al-Jazeera English, ABC World News, BBC World News and PBS’ To the Contrary.
Erin is co-founder and executive director of Reproaction, a national group using bold action to increase access to abortion and advance reproductive justice. Additionally, Erin serves on the steering committee of the American Society for Emergency Contraception.
Previously, she served as editor at large for Rewire, a daily publication focused on providing news, analysis and commentary on sexual and reproductive health and justice issues. She also served as action vice president of the National Organization for Women (NOW), a role she was elected to at age 29. Erin was a founding member of the NOW Young Feminist Task Force, which she chaired, and served as the youngest NOW state president in the country, a role she was elected to at age 23.
Before her volunteer life took over her professional life, Erin was an advertising copywriter specializing in digital creative and strategy. In this capacity she was paid to play foosball and also to produce award-winning websites, microsites, online advertisements, SEM, SEO, social media strategies, and fully integrated digital outreach campaigns. Erin also created direct mail, telephone scripts, print, radio, and broadcast ads as a freelance writer.
She is a leader in the national debate over whether the Democratic Party should waffle on its commitment to women’s human rights, writing original pieces and providing commentary to publications including The New York Times. In addition to her national political profile, Erin is a prolific canvasser, phone banker, and fundraiser for municipal, state, and national Democratic candidates. In her home state of Virginia, she recently completed three terms on the NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia Foundation board of directors.
Erin has been published in Rolling Stone and Talking Points Memo, and she continues to serve as a contributor to Rewire. Her blog erintothemax.com has been quoted in Salon and The New Yorker. Erin is the creator of the popular Tumblr white guys doing it by themselves and has contributed chapters to The Feminist Utopia Project and Scandal in a Digital Age. She enjoys writing poetry and fiction. Once, she debated Phyllis Schlafly.