Researcher, writer,

rights advocate

about sarah Friedmann

I am a writer, researcher, and advocate with an extensive background in international and U.S. rights-based work, particularly in the areas of women's issues, politics and governance, peace and security, and civil society engagement. 


Presently, I work as a freelance writer and research consultant and have produced work that touches on many of the above-described issue areas. I am also a staff writer for Bustle, where I cover national and international news and politics through a concertedly feminist lens.


I believe it is essential to research and write for a variety of audiences as a means of bridging the divide among academia, research institutions, think tanks, NGOs, legislators, and the public. Therefore, I choose to work in and across a variety of spaces, as a means of trying to make important issues salient for as many as possible in the hopes of most comprehensively and effectively addressing these issues. 


I write for pieces for publication and for internal use by organizations. I've produced articles, blogs, reports, memos, handbooks, toolkits, and beyond. Some samples of my publicly-available work are shared on this website. 


I have previously served as a staff researcher and writer for several NGOs. Most recently, while based in Washington, D.C., I helped lead international research and advocacy portfolios on women, peace, and security, and reproductive health care quality and rights. I have also spent time working on women's issues abroad, including working in Kosovo and Serbia to research women's peace-building initiatives and gender-mainstreaming programs.  


Earlier in my career, I held short term fellowships in the United States Senate in Washington, D.C., the City-Parish Government of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and the Inter-university Mission for the Coordination of Franco-American Exchanges in Paris, France.

I hold a Master of Science (MS) in Foreign Service and a Master of Public Policy (MPP) from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. I also have a Bachelor of Arts (BA) with majors in International Studies, French, and Communication Studies from Baldwin Wallace University in Berea, Ohio. 

I am native of northwest suburban Chicago, though have spent much of my adult life living in Washington, D.C. or abroad. I speak French and enjoy traveling the world, having lived in, worked in, or visited dozens of countries throughout Europe, Asia, and Africa.