Hanna Rosin

Writer/Editor, Atlantic Magazine
Washington, DC, United States

About Hanna


Hanna Rosin is a writer for the Atlantic magazine and a founder and co-editor of DoubleX, Slate's women's section. For the last two years she has been extensively writing about women's issues, from a personal (breastfeeding culture, her husband's dominance in the kitchen) and political angle (Sarah Palin, Elena Kagan). In 2009 she was nominated for a National Magazine Award for her Atlantic story about transgendered children, "A Boy's Life." In 2010 she won the award as part of a package of stories in New York magazine about circumcision.

She has written for The New Yorker, the New York Times, and GQ, and appeared on the Daily Show with Jon Stewart and the Colbert Report. Her stories have also been included in anthologies of Best American Magazine Writing 2009 and Best American Crime Reporting 2009. She was born in Israel, grew up in Queens, and went to Stanford University. She now lives in Washington, D.C. with her husband, Slate Editor David Plotz, and their three children. She is the author of God's Harvard: A Christian College on a Mission To Save the Nation, and she is currently working on a book based on her recent Atlantic story, β€œThe End of Men.”


French, Hebrew

TED Conference

TEDWomen 2010

Areas of Expertise

Women's Issues, American religion

An idea worth spreading

We are living through an amazing and unprecedented historical moment where the power dynamics between men and women are rapidly changing. In all the spheres where it counts the most, women are beginning to take control of nearly everything.
In the U.S. for every two men who receive college degrees, three women will do the same. This year, for the first time ever, there were more women than men in the workplace. Women are starting to flood professional fields – doctors, lawyers, accountants, bankers. They hold over half of all managerial and professional jobs. They dominate all but one of the professions projected to grow the fastest in the next fifteen years. The worldwide economy is becoming a place where, overall, women are finding more success than men.
Although it only spans my lifetime, that economic success is starting to affect the culture – our dating lives, our marriages, how we raise our children. Our romantic comedies, our superheroes.

I'm passionate about

Writing, reading, soccer, old Spike Lee movies, Joan Didion, Israel, my children, good cakes.



Talk to me about


People don't know I'm good at

soccer. cooking. baking especially. planting fruit trees. lip synching (just kidding), psychobabble, managing my diabetes, getting stories out of people.

My TED story

Pat Mitchell e-mailed me after reading my story, "End of Men," in the Atlantic this summer and asked me to speak. I was delighted.