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| birth_place = Loughton, Essex, UK| death_date = | death_place = | death_cause = | resting_place = | resting_place_coordinates = | residence = United KingdomBritish people>British| other_names = | known_for = | education = | employer = The Guardian| occupation = Journalist, Writer| religion = | spouse = | partner = | children = }}Kira Cochrane ({{IPAc-en|ˈ|k|ɒ|k|r|ən}}; born 1977)WEB,weblink Kira Cochrane, Simon & Schuster, 2 September 2013, is a British journalist and novelist. She currently works as Head of Features at The Guardian,NEWS,weblink Kira Cochrane, 7 March 2017, The Guardian, and worked previously as Head of Opinion.WEB,weblink Kira Cochrane, the Guardian, 2018-02-21, Cochrane is an advocate for women's rights, as well as an active participant in fourth wave feminist movements.WEB,weblink The fourth wave of feminism: meet the rebel women, Cochrane, Kira, 2013-12-10, the Guardian, 2018-02-21, NEWS,weblink Interview: Kira Cochrane – Journalist and Author - The Heroine Collective, 2017-03-13, The Heroine Collective, 2018-02-21,

Early life and education

Kira Cochrane was born and raised in Loughton, Essex.Mslexia - Issue 43 Retrieved 2016-10-20. Cochrane and her younger brother were raised by her mother in a single parent household.NEWS,weblink Darin Strauss: Two cars, two deaths, Cochrane, Kira, 26 February 2011, The Guardian, 21 February 2014, Her father died of a heart attack in 1979 at age 34;NEWS,weblink Do ghosts exist? Four theories on our fascination with apparitions, Panel, The, 13 October 2014, 21 March 2018, The Guardian, Cochrane was two years old. In 1983, when Cochrane was six years old, her elder brother was killed (age 8) in a traffic accident. She attended Christ's Hospital school, HorshamNEWS,weblink Letter: 'Michael Butler gave me a glimpse of a different kind of politics, based on care and commitment', Cochrane, Kira, 14 May 2012, The Guardian, 8 October 2017, before studying American Literature at the University of Sussex and the University of California, Davis.WEB,weblink Kira Cochrane, Facebook, 21 February 2014,

Career in journalism

Formerly a journalist at The Sunday Times, Cochrane fills the position as current Head of Features at The Guardian. She was the newspaper's women's editor from 2006NEWS,weblink Still so much to do: Kira Cochrane 2006 - present, Cochrane, Kira, 18 July 2007, The Guardian, 21 February 2014, Series: 50 years of the womens' pages, to November 2010, when she was succeeded by Jane Martinson.WEB,weblink Speaker Profile: Jane Martinson, Journalist, Martinson, Jane, Speakers for Schools,weblink" title="">weblink 26 February 2014, dead, 21 February 2014, Cochrane wrote a column for the New Statesman magazine from 2006 to July 2008NEWS,weblink And it's goodbye to all that..., Cochrane, Kira, 3 July 2008, New Statesman, 21 February 2014, and has written occasionally for other news sources such as the HuffPost.WEB,weblink The Women Who Inspire Me Are The Ones Who Put Themselves On The Line, Cochrane, Kira, 7 March 2017, Huffington Post, 14 December 2018,

The Guardian

Since beginning her career with The Guardian in 2006, Cochrane continues to produce content covering women's empowerment and female leaders in progressivism.WEB,weblink Kira Cochrane Profile, Cochrane, Kira, The Guardian, 21 March 2018, In a 2017 interview with The Heroine Collective, Cochrane expresses her passion for writing with The Guardian:“I always felt it was my duty to run pieces about the more enjoyable sides of women’s lives, as well as the everyday sexism and horror,” she says. “To try and reflect the reality of our experiences.”WEB,weblink INTERVIEW: KIRA COCHRANE – JOURNALIST AND AUTHOR, Kerrow, Kate, 2017-03-13, The Heroine Collective, March 21, 2018,


Kira Cochrane has published four novels, Modern Women 52 Pioneers (2017),BOOK, Modern Women: 52 Pioneers, Cochrane, Kira, Frances Lincoln, 2017, 978-0711237896, London, UK, All The Rebel Women (2013),BOOK, All The Rebel Women, Cochrane, Kira, Guardian Books, 2013, 9781783560363, The Naked Season (2003),BOOK, The naked season, Cochrane, Kira, Pocket Books, 2003, 9780743492485, London, and Escape Routes for Beginners (2004),BOOK, Escape routes for beginners, Cochrane, Kira, Simon and Schuster Ltd, 2004, 9780743478427, London, which appeared on the long list for the 2005 Orange Prize for Fiction.WEB,weblink Orange Prize for Fiction 2005, The Guardian, 21 February 2014, In 2009, Cochrane herself appeared on the judging panel for that year's Orange Prize for Fiction.WEB,weblink Orange Prize for Fiction announces 2009 shortlist, Sponsorship & Entertainment, 21 April 2009, Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction, Orange Prize for Fiction newsroom, 21 February 2014, She's co-edited (with Eleanor Mills) Cupcakes and Kalashnikovs: 100 Years of the Best Journalism by Women,NEWS,weblink Cupcakes and Kalashnikovs edited by Eleanor Mills and Kira Cochrane, Silvester, Christopher, 2 October 2005, The Sunday Times, London, 16 February 2017, {{subscription required}}BOOK, Cupcakes and Kalashnikovs 100 years of the best journalism by women, Constable & Robinson, 2005, 978-1845291655, Mills, Eleanor, New York, Cochrane, Kira, published in the United States as Journalistas: 100 Years of the Best Writing and Reporting by Women Journalists.BOOK, Journalistas : 100 years of the best writing and reporting by women journalists, Cochrane, Kira, Mills, Eleanor, Carroll & Graf, 2005, 9780786716678, New York, Jill Abramson "The Lionesses", New York Times, 8 January 2006 She has also edited an anthology of women's writing, which has appeared in The Guardian, Women of the Revolution: Forty Years of Feminism.BOOK, Women of the revolution : forty years of feminism, Cochrane, Kira, Guardian Books, 2012, 978-0852652275, London,

The Naked Season (2003)

As an emerging author, Cochrane turned feminism into fiction in her first novel, The Naked Season. In an review and summary, they write:"An outspoken, outrageous, original and outlandish debut novel from an outstanding new writer. Growing up isn't easy when your mother is a figurehead for feminism and the most famous lesbian in the world. All her life, Molly Flynn has been intrigued, entertained, alarmed and exasperated by her mother Augusta's increasingly bizarre claims about who she is and where she came from. Now, as Molly sets off down America's West Coast to confront her estranged husband and serve him divorce papers, she looks back on her strange and unconventional childhood in a series of entertaining flashbacks. But Molly will be waylaid on her journey from Seattle to California, and sidetracked - with dramatic, surprising, hilarious and unexpected results."BOOK, The Naked Season Kira Cochrane, 978-0743441032, Cochrane, Kira, 2003,

Escape Routes for Beginners (2004)

In her second novel, Kira explores her narrative through the eyes of 13-year-old Rita Mae. Rita questions her parents toxic marriage and wishes to escape the prison-island she resides on. Throughout the novel, Rita uncovers secrets about her family's past.WEB,weblink Kira Cochrane, Simon and Schuster UK, Escape Route for Beginners landed Cochrane as the youngest author nominated for the Orange Prize for Fiction, at 27 years old. Cosmopolitan calls it, "Inventive and deliciously dark."BOOK, Escape Route for Beginners, 978-0743252256, Cochrane, Kira, 2004,

All the Rebel Women (2013)

As a supporter of fourth wave feminist movements, Cochrane constructs All the Rebel Women as a tribute to those who are promoting change.BOOK, All the Rebel Women, Cochrane, Kira, Guardian Books, 2013, 9781783560363, In 2013, The Guardian posted an extract of the short novel and summarizes it as such:"Kira Cochrane's 'All the Rebel Women' collects the voices making up a new fourth wave of feminism. In this exclusive extract, she looks at the role humour has to play in the movement."WEB,weblink All the Rebel Women: exclusive Guardian Shorts ebook extract, December 16, 2013, The Guardian,

Modern Women: 52 Pioneers (2017)

Modern Women is a tribute to women who have paved the way for women's equality today. Cochrane immortalizes their legacies with visual and textual elements throughout. In the interview with The Heroine Collective, Kira explains her motivations for Modern Women:"I wanted each woman to be someone who shifted the world's sense of what might be possible for women."

Fourth-wave feminism

Cochrane's All the Rebel Women is solely based on the rise of fourth-wave feminism: the current era of feminism that is heightened by the use of social media and strives for intersectionality in society.JOURNAL, Munro, Ealasaid, 23 August 2013, Feminism: A Fourth Wave?, Political Insight, 4, 2, 22–25, 10.1111/2041-9066.12021, The fourth wave focuses on supporting movements such as body positivity and sex-positivity, as well as protecting the rights of the LGBTQ community.WEB,weblink 6 Things To Know About 4th Wave Feminism, Sollee, Kristen, 30 October 2015, Bustle, Cochrane began her research and reporting of the fourth wave in 2013, upon collecting information for All the Rebel Women.WEB,weblink The fourth wave of feminism: meet the rebel women, Cochrane, Kira, 10 December 2013, The Guardian, In 2013, Cochrane wrote an article for the Guardian, titled "The fourth wave of feminism: meet the rebel women." Cochrane says:"Welcome to the fourth wave of feminism. What's happening now feels like something new again. It's defined by technology: tools that are allowing women to build a strong, popular, reactive movement online. Just how popular is sometimes slightly startling.""As 2013 unfolded, it became impossible to ignore the rumble of feminist campaigners, up and down the country.""But bald attempts to silence women only made the movement larger and louder. They convinced those who had never thought about misogyny before that it was clearly still alive, and convinced those who were well aware of it to keep going."


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