Lauren Sharkey is a journalist, author, presenter and
speaker who specialises in gender equality, women’s health and fashion
criticism. She writes about lifestyle, culture and health topics for Healthline
and Bustle UK, and published her first book, Resisters: 52 Young Women Making
Herstory Right Now, in 2019.
Can you introduce your book in a couple of sentences?
Resisters tells the stories of 52 young women across the
globe who are fighting for (and achieving) change in a wide range of areas,
including human rights, feminism and the environment. I hate to use the word
‘inspiring’ as it’s become such a cliché, but it really is full of inspiring
perspectives and practical advice for anyone looking to get into activism.
How did you come to write Resisters?
I’ve long thought that young women are an under-appreciated
demographic, so I wasn’t surprised to see a whole bunch of them doing
incredibly important things. I felt a list like that deserved more than just an
online article, so set about turning it into a book that would encourage all
young people to make a difference. I sent my proposal to a few agents, and one
said yes. Luckily, a publisher said yes too and Resisters went from my head to
Can you tell us about your next project (or book)?
I’m only in the initial stages, so can’t say too much. But I
will say that I’m aiming to investigate the link between women’s health and
personal finances. As a freelancer, it’s something I’ve experienced on more
than one occasion. So if anyone has any personal stories or expert opinions,
I’m more than happy to hear them. I’m also trying to build on Resisters by growing
an Instagram community of activists. Follow @resistersglobal if you’re
Any tips for other journalists thinking of writing their
Just do it. I had an idea that I hoped would become a book,
but it never would have if I didn’t try. Know that you’ll face a lot of
rejection, but you only need one yes to make it happen. And whether you’re
writing fiction or non-fiction, I found that separating my journalistic work
from my book writing helped — whether that’s spending three days a week on your
book and two days on other work, or splitting individual days up. They tend to
require different mindsets and I found it hard to switch between the two.
What book(s) are you reading right now (or about to pick
I’m reading a lot of non-fiction at the moment. I recently
finished Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey’s incredible She Said which details the
behind-the-scenes efforts of the Harvey Weinstein investigation and the broader
#MeToo movement. I’m currently halfway through Angela Saini’s Inferior — an
examination of how “bad” science has caused a so-called gender war —
and am looking forward to tucking into Helena Kennedy’s Misjustice: How British
Law is Failing Women. Some pretty heavy topics!
Definitely! I have a huge interest in women’s issues and
health and also like doing deep dives into the inner workings of the fashion
industry. But I’m open to a challenge. Email’s the best way to contact me.
If I’m a PR professional/business with a story for you,
can I get in touch (and what’s best for you)?
Of course. Email is again best. I’m interested in fashion
and beauty innovations, health angles and anything with a heavy focus on women.
Just please don’t pitch me something I’ve already written; I won’t be writing
it again or adding to the original piece.