Join the Badass Community

“Be a Badass” membership enables us to continue to develop and distribute the content we uniquely offer.

Why are people interested in this membership? MBA students at St. Kate’s connected with members in our pilot program, who told them they want to:

  • Support coverage I don’t see elsewhere (74%)
  • Connect with others involved in like-minded issues (47%)
  • Access special events (38%)
  • Share action alerts  (36%)



Active level*

Pays for two ads per month from under-resourced organizations. Increases our fund for first-person essays — a rare approach in media.

Doyenne level*

Helps us distribute 20,000+ free copies of Minnesota Women’s Press statewide. Optional perks: Gift an Active membership (your choice or ours); receive the print magazine by mail each month.

Asset-maker level

Tax-deductible. Helps us develop conversations and stories about: Re-imagining Public Safety, Ecolution, Diversity in Politics, Reducing Gender-Based Violence, Hometown Values & Vision. Optional: Co-create a social or informative Badass gathering.

* Only the Asset-maker level is a charitable donation that qualifies for a tax deduction.


All members have the option to:

  • Attend the members-only “Celebrating Badass Minnesotans” (April 13, 2024)

  • Receive the Tuesday CALL newsletter and Thursday magazine newsletters (opt-out available for both; this is how we share invitations and asks)
  • Contribute to online “Tapestry” questions with your insights, thoughts, and experiences

Why We Need You to Become a Member

Over the past decades loyal readers and advertisers have supported our story sharing as the longest continuously run feminist publication in the U.S. With rising costs, however, the business model we have had since 1985 can no longer sustain free magazines at 550 distribution sites, or support statewide expansion. This membership model enables us to receive support to keep our 20,000-plus monthly readership intact, and enable deeper connections between readers statewide.

For those of you who have already been supporting us monthly, as a subscriber or contributor, we can help you convert your support into membership if you choose. We don’t have email addresses for many of you; please contact crystal@womenspress.com to learn more.

A Sample of Our Strengths in Community Events




Special BOLD level for Nonprofit Organizations and Students

We create stories WITH community, not simply FOR community. If your vision aligns with ours, we would like to collaborate with action alerts, story development, and co-hosted events that also support your mission.

We are particularly interested in partners who:

  • Seek “Yes in My Backyard” story sharing for affordable and supportive housing communities
  • Support the “Survivors Justice Act” that would take trauma into account before sentencing in the criminal system
  • Engage in group conversations about ‘alternatives to violence’ conversations, restorative justice, and other healing methods
  • Want to co-create a network of support for survivors of gender-based violence and sexual assault

We can offer the Tuesday CALL newsletter to anyone on your team to create a more interactive relationship between our community-minded goals.

Contact crystal@womenspress.com