best of 2018
CATEGORY: Badass women
This category is guest-curated by all-around badass Eva Holland (@evaholland). Eva is a freelance writer based in Canada's Yukon Territory. She's a correspondent for Outside, and she is currently working on a book about the science of fear. Subscribe to her newsletter for updates about her book right here!
Hi! Eva here. Let's start with the obvious caveat: I didn't read everything this year. I didn't even come close! There was some significant badassery that almost entirely passed me by — the efforts of Aly Raisman and other U.S. gymnasts to bring down serial abuser Larry Nassar come to mind. But in what I did read, I found a lot to inspire me. Brave, strong women standing up for themselves and others, building the world they want, taking down criminals, and — yep — reporting out the hardest stories of their lives. I hope you find these stories as inspiring as I did.
Congratulations to all the writers, editors, photographers, and fact-checkers.
Katherine Laidlaw, Toronto Life
At first glance, this disturbing story is about a bad man, not badass women. But look closer and you'll see the bravery of the women he took advantage of, in speaking out, and the tenacity of the reporter, a onetime friend of Pete Forde's, as she navigates an emotional quagmire.