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

A lot of powerful people seem to have no clue what motherhood means

The formula shortage is a reminder of why being a mom — even when it’s a choice — is hard in ways some powerful people don’t seem to get.

May 13, 2022

Abortion rights protesters have no more good options

Protesting at the homes of Supreme Court justices is a dubious tactic born of understandable frustration.

May 11, 2022

This is what the beginning of the end of the Roe era feels like

An abortion provider, an antiabortion activist and a former member of an underground abortion network react to the draft Supreme Court opinion.

May 6, 2022

    The long drive to end a pregnancy

    On the 407 miles of open road between home and a Montana abortion clinic, a woman has a lot of time to think about how she got from there to here

    May 5, 2022

    All I want for Mother’s Day is a vaccine for my kid

    I don't want sympathy, or breakfast in bed. Just the kiddie shot, thanks.

    May 5, 2022

    The unmerciful ending of Roe v. Wade

    In their war on abortion rights, conservatives never saw who the real victims were.

    May 3, 2022

    Rape is a war crime, and Ukrainian women are sharing their stories

    The details of alleged rapes by Russian soldiers are emerging from formerly occupied areas

    April 26, 2022

    American history seems way more feminist on shows like ‘The First Lady’

    Some recent TV retellings are full of satisfying quips that would look great on a tote bag

    April 20, 2022

    There’s a reason the ‘don’t say gay’ bills don’t say what they mean

    The rash of "don't say gay" bills use neutral language to obscure their true purpose.

    April 12, 2022

    Republicans thought defining a ‘woman’ is easy. Then they tried.

    Josh Hawley, Marjorie Taylor Greene and Madison Cawthorn did their best, but there’s no getting around the fact that womanhood is a complex thing to define.

    April 6, 2022