E.J. Graff is a journalist, columnist, author, and public speaker whose award-winning reporting and provocative commentary have, over the past twenty-five years, appeared in venues that range from early gay and lesbian publications to The New York Times Magazine, from Good Housekeeping to NOW on PBS. She has written two books. Her first, What Is Marriage For? The Strange Social History of Our Most Intimate Institution, has been called “the bible” of the same-sex marriage movement. Getting Even: Why Women Still Don’t Get Paid Like Men–and What To Do So We Will launched lead author Evelyn F. Murphy’s WAGE campaign to end the gendered wage gap.
As an investigative and analytic journalist, she has produced work that has led to the passage of a new U.S. law; been cited in scores of academic and law review articles; quoted in governmental policy-making commissions and on legislative floors; and submitted in court cases. As a columnist and commentator, she delivers witty, irreverent, informed insight on a social justice issues, especially related to gender, sexuality, and family.
Graff has appeared as a social policy expert in several documentaries; has been interviewed by public and commercial media outlets such as NPR, ABC, CBC, BBC, PBS, MTV, satellite radio, and cable news; and gives talks and engages in debates in public forums in the U.S. and abroad.
Her awards, grants, and fellowships include the Society for Professional Journalists’ Sigma Delta Chi Award for best in magazine investigative journalism; the James Aronson Award for Social Justice Journalism; and fellowships at Radcliffe’s Schlesinger Library, where she wrote her first book, and at Harvard Law School.