Monica Hesse

Washington, D.C.

Style reporter

Education: Bryn Mawr College, B.A. in English; Johns Hopkins University, M.A. in Nonfiction writing

Monica Hesse is a columnist for The Washington Post's Style section, who frequently writes about gender and its impact on society. She's the author of several novels, most recently, "They Went Left."
Latest from Monica Hesse

The queen’s funeral doesn’t have to be about the queen

Even for those who didn’t care about the monarchy, there was a way to find meaning in the sendoff for Elizabeth II.

September 19, 2022

King Charles III and Camilla got what they wanted long ago

Their royal love story was not divine but it was certainly human.

September 15, 2022

Queen Elizabeth II did her job

What made Queen Elizabeth II extraordinary was not who she was, but what she gave.

September 8, 2022

Is this feminism? What to make of the new shows from Hillary and Meghan.

The former secretary of state and the duchess talk about the issue in the public eye.

September 8, 2022

Abortion bans are terrible. The debates over them are actually worse.

I watched Republican men spitball their way to a post-Roe vision in South Carolina’s House. Here’s what I saw.

September 1, 2022

An American parenting rite: Your daughter’s day care is in lockdown

The unbearably normal fear of knowing that you can’t keep your kid safe from a uniquely American threat.

August 24, 2022

Liz Cheney understood the assignment

She never lost sight of a fact her party could not understand.

July 22, 2022

One month in, abortion bans are hell on Earth

Women across the country are in agony as doctors are afraid of easing their pain.

July 22, 2022

The 10-year-old pregnant girl exists. Why did people think she didn’t?

People seemed all too eager to dismiss a horrifying story that made a good case for why abortion can be merciful.

July 14, 2022

What Josh Hawley doesn’t get in the discussion about ‘pregnant people’

Conversations about pregnancy (and "pregnant people") should be factual — and caring.

July 13, 2022