An Amazing Career on the Feminist Frontlines

How Jill Filipovic ended up as the Senior Political Writer for Cosmopolitan magazine.


Filipovic practiced at a law firm for three and a half years before feeling expended. Her life was consumed by a cycle of writing and working, her hands constantly hooked up to a phone or a laptop. Her health was taking a hard hit as well. After a string of doctor and hospital visits, Filipovic was told that she had two out of place disks in her neck and spinal arthritis from all the stress she was dealing with from work. If she continued to go at the rate she was heading, she was going to need neck surgery. Her job had crossed the line from mentally draining her, to now becoming a physical issue as well, with long-term lasting effects.

An Amazing Career on the Feminist Frontlines

Around the same time, Filipovic found a lump in one of her breasts that her doctor thought was cancerous. Months were spent in doctors’ offices and in hospitals, trying to figure out a solution. She was in the hospital about to get a breast lump biopsy when clarity hit her like a tourist sightseeing bus; she couldn’t stand to practice law anymore.

“I’m sitting in this room waiting for a doctor to come stick a needle into the side of my boob, and I’m checking my fucking Blackberry and sending emails apologizing for not being in the office,” Hands above her shoulders in an uproar, Filipovic still can’t believe in insanity of her situation.

“I’m sitting here thinking that I might have breast cancer, and I’m replying to emails about a pharmaceutical company’s arbitration with another pharmaceutical company…there are no words for how little I care about this right now…there is not a unit of measure.” Her perspective shifted, taking into account all the money she invested into a legal education. While it was a topic she enjoyed, her second career in writing was where her heart was. Realizing the dimension of mortality, and the truth behind the cliché of “You only live once,” she closed the chapter on the duties as an attorney.

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Reader Discussion: 12 Comments

  1. Max Borghard

    What a great article and Jill is such an inspiring writer! My favorite part was getting women out to vote and how she provided all the information on the candidates to make women a more informed voter!!!! Cristiana and Jill thank you for all that you write!!!!

  2. This is a very inspirational interview and she is so amazing!

  3. Jessica Carlson

    There has always been a bad connotation on the word “feminist”. Most people think that it’s too much of a leftist terminology that has spawned radical movements. Thus, not a lot of people, even those who advocate for gender equality and women empowerment, identify themselves as “feminist”. But they actually are.

    Feminism is the very thought or act of fighting for the voice of the women who are marginalized, because of our paternalistic society, to be heard. It is the act of ensuring that women can vote, can go to school, have equal opportunity at work. It is when we ensure that the laws of the land gives both sides of the sexes an equal footing and the same treatment.

    So regardless of our sex, gender, orientation, classes, or social status, for as long as we are one those who ensure that none of our mothers, sisters, aunts, girlfriends, female teachers and just about every female in the face of the earth are maligned, abused, discriminated and marginalized, then we are feminists. As Malala Yousafzai had recently stated in an interview with her by another young feminist Emma Watson, feminism is equality. There is nothing about the term nor its meaning that says otherwise.

  4. Grace Stirling

    wow! that is one long interview 😀 .I didn’t get tired of reading her story. Her story is so inspiring and i love her because she also value equality. she’s beautiful, smart and any girl who’ll read this will surely get motivated. two thumbs up for her and i hope she’ll still inspire a lot of women.

  5. Ashley Moore

    Her experiences in life are very inspirational and i am happy that she have found what she wants in life and she’s proud of it.She’s right, take a risk and try what you are afraid of because that is also the time when you’ll realized what direction what you are interested in taking your life .One must not be afraid of being spontaneous and let it happen.You are the only one who will know what you really want your life to be and there is no reason you would not follow your heart and to not regret in not doing it. To go out, get outside and do something with other people, move, explore and see the world.

  6. Arabella Clarington

    I agree with Jill when she said that the general public would hardly (or not at all) take you as a professional writer when you work or write for Cosmo. There’s really a need to eliminate double standards on women’s magazine.

    I commend the success of “Cosmo Votes.” The society needs “more Jill.”

  7. Courtney Watson

    Her story is motivating! Indeed, she is independent, fearless and victorious woman! I really hope more women to be like her 🙂

  8. This article about Jill Filipovic is really encouraging! She is a living evidence that it is “possible” to recognize the equality and full humanity of men and women!

  9. I have this view on feminism: “Feminism isn’t about making women stronger. Women are already strong. It’s about changing the way the world perceives that strength. — G.D. Anderson”

    Jill is a proof that women are strong and that we stand to what we believe is right!

  10. She is amazing! Her story is really motivating and uplifting my spirit 🙂

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