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Melissa Duge Spiers is a freelance writer based in Santa Cruz, California. A graduate of Andrews Academy and Barnard College, Columbia University (B.A. English literature), she writes for magazines and blogs, is writing/producing a documentary film, and is working on a memoir.

Her work has appeared in or been quoted/referenced by, the Wall Street Journal Online, MSN Magazine, Bitch magazine, SF Gate, and many more.

Women's Issues

Melissa Duge Spiers' essays on feminist topics have been republished, referenced or quoted in, Wall Street Journal Online, Ad Week, PR Daily, Bitch Magazine, MSN Money, and Melissa Wardy's recent book "Redefining Girly," among other national and international publications.

Articles Include:

  • Reel Girl - Open Letter to Hillary Haters: Misogyny, Madam Secretary, and the Marquise de Merteuil
  • Reel Girl - Thoughts that Come with Dove's Footsteps
  • Santa Cruz Waves - Miss California Feminist Protests
  • Reel Girl - Chapstick Sticks It To Women
  • Vitamin W - Beauty Is Not the Only Thing
  • Reel Girl - Of Fish Faces and Filters: Middle Age and Selfie-Esteem
  • Sports

    An avid long-distance runner, Melissa Duge Spiers is a former competitive gymnast, holds a Shodan level (first degree black belt) in Seido Karate, and is learning to ride horses. She writes about all these passions as well as many other sports she may or may not like or excel at!

    Articles Include:

  • Vail Valley Magazine - Get a Rush with a Quirky Emerging Sport
  • Vermont Sports - On Board with Snowskating
  • Santa Cruz Waves - Three Hawaiian Princes Introduce Surfing to the Mainland
  • Adventure Sports Journal - Freedom on the Slopes

  • Contact Melissa

    Melissa can be reached through email or social media:

    Twitter: @MDugeSpiers
    Instagram: @mdugespiers
    Facebook: Melissa Duge Spiers