Zerlina Maxwell is young and fearless. She is unafraid to speak truth to power, whether it’s about dismantling rape culture, social justice, or providing analysis of the daily beltway political dramas. Wearing many hats, Zerlina is a political analyst and contributing writer for The Washington PostCNNThe New York Daily NewsMarie Claire, and EBONY, among others. She is a democratic commentator on Fox News and MSNBC and a weekly guest and fill in host for Make It Plain with Mark Thompson on Sirius XM Progress. She writes about national politics, candidates, and specific policy and cultural issues including domestic violence, sexual assault, victim blaming, and gender inequality. She was profiled in The New York Times as a top political Twitter voice to follow during the 2012 election season, and she was selected by TIME as one of the best Twitter feeds in 2014.

Zerlina is a go-to speaker on college campuses, where a generation of women challenging the ubiquitous rape culture are looking for a thoroughly modern shero. Zerlina, a pundit who rose from the grassroots by blogging and tweeting and now commands a huge influence, is just the woman.


The problem isn't that people don’t know that rape is wrong. People know that it’s wrong. But a lot of people don’t know what rape is.
—Zerlina Maxwell
Twitter shrinks the world and makes everyone accessible.
—Zerlina Maxwell
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