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Independent women’s publications, like ours, face serious budget constraints when it comes to commissioning longer pieces outside of personal essays.

But even well-funded properties go light on women’s longform; it remains far easier to find longform by women in major men’s magazines like GQ and Esquire than their female counterparts, like Elle and Vogue.

(It’s 38% female with Jezebel included.) Perhaps you’re aware that racial diversity in media is even worse — people of color account for only 13.34% of journalists at daily newspapers.

I’ve been assembling weekly, and then bi-weekly, lists of the web’s best longform for Autostraddle for four years now, and because of all those reasons above (and because we love women around here), I wanted to do a year-end round-up of the best longform written by women.

Can understanding this make a profound change in the way we prevent illness?

The Center For Medical Process’s high-profile video campaign against Planned Parenthood isn’t the first time videos like this have been used by abortion opponents.

There’s a long history of this strategy being used to shut down existing clinics and to intimidate contractors out of opening new ones.

I qualified “longform” as containing 3,000 words or more, but there are ten or so articles I included despite falling under that word count.

I wanted a racially diverse group of writers and I wanted to represent as many independent and women’s publications as possible — which was tougher than I’d hoped, as most mainstream women’s magazines and even some of the most hyped new media sites for women rarely publish articles over 2,000 words.

*Longform Best of 2015* One of the year’s most influential stories, this exposé on the conditions of nail workers in New York led to actual political action and a city-wide consciousness raising.

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