Laura Bates founded the Everyday Sexism Project in April 2012 after realising that people no longer considered sexism to be a problem within society. The online platform where women can submit everyday examples of sexism directly or via email or Twitter, gives women from all over the world a voice.
The website recorded 25,000 testimonies from 15 different countries within a year, showing that sexism is still very much a big issue. The stories come from women of all ages, races and sexual orientations, disabled and non-disabled, employed and unemployed, religious and non-religious. In a single year, the project has become internationally renowned, featuring in media from the New York Times to French Glamour, CNN to Grazia South Africa, Cosmopolitan to the Times of India. Laura writes regularly for the Guardian, the Independent, Grazia, and Red Magazine and has contributed to the Financial Times and the New Statesman among others.
Laura writes for a variety of magazines such as Grazia and Red Magazine, and broadsheets like the Guardian, the Independent and Financial Times. She is also a contributor to Women Under Siege which is a research project of sexual violence as a weapon of war. As part of her work for Women Under Siege, she consulted for the recent British Foreign Office Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative, a central feature of the UK's presidency of the 2013 G8 Summit.