Ashley Lauren, a Staff Writer for Gender Across Borders, is many things, but to start, she is a 27-year-old high school English teacher in the suburbs of Chicago, IL. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature with a specialization in Creative Writing from Illinois Wesleyan University, and received a Master of Arts degree in English Studies from Elmhurst College in Illinois in May 2010. She keeps her own site, Small Strokes, about her personal experiences with feminism and how her feminist beliefs intersect with her marriage and her job. You can find more information about her writing at her personal site. She also blogs less formally on Tumblr. In January 2011, she also began the Chifems (Chicago Feminists) Book Club and has served as discussion leader for the group. Ashley is a feminist in the sense that she believes every person in this world deserves the right to live the life they desire without judgment. She believes that no one in this world should feel hate or discrimination or oppression, and works to eliminate oppression in her classroom, her relationships, and society.
When not battling oppression, Ashley is usually battling her husband, Tim, at MarioKart Wii, listening to music, devouring books of any kind, and cooking really delicious meals. You can follow her on Twitter @samsanator and email her at ashley [at] genderacrossborders [dot] com.