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

Jacinda Ardern didn’t make working motherhood look easy. She made it look real.

Five years ago she became the second world leader to give birth while in office. Now, the New Zealand prime minister plans to step down.

January 19, 2023

Prince Harry doesn’t need to explain himself anymore

Harry’s new memoir tells us all we need to know. It’s enough.

January 13, 2023

A woman on the moon: How has one small step taken so long?

How do you put a woman on the moon? As Monica Hesse writes, the question has more to do with culture and sociology than it does science and technology.

January 10, 2023

I watched ‘Sister Wives’ for years. Now it’s finally paid off.

It started as a cheesy show about polygamists. Then it got deeper.

January 6, 2023

This was the tired year

What did it mean to be a working mother in America in 2022? It meant needing sleep — and being unable to sleep.

December 30, 2022

Meghan and Harry made a fairy-tale escape. They still seem trapped.

The Sussexes are stuck telling the story of their break with the monarchy, over and over.

December 16, 2022

What in the name of Trump was the Herschel Walker campaign?

The former president’s man in Georgia was political nonsense personified. And he didn’t lose by much.

December 7, 2022

The #MeToo movies have finally arrived. Only one captures the truth.

"She Said," "Tár" and "Women Talking" exemplify the challenges of dramatizing a moment and a movement we’re still living through.

December 5, 2022

I don’t think ‘hardcore’ means what Elon Musk thinks it does

Working until all hours — presumably at the expense of sleep, friends and family — is a retrograde way to think about employees and their value.

November 21, 2022

There was nothing soft about Nancy Pelosi

Pelosi, the first female speaker of the House, had to play by different rules. She mastered the game anyway.

November 18, 2022