Angela Bonavoglia is an author and award-winning journalist who focuses on women's issues, particularly health, religious and social issues. Her feature articles, investigative reports, op-eds, personal essays, and profiles have appeared in such outlets as Ms. (longtime contributing editor), the NY Daily News, the Chicago Tribune, The Nation, Salon.com, Redbook, Mirabella, Cosmopolitan, Newsday, The New York Times, and the National Catholic Reporter. Her books include the classic oral history, The Choices We Made: 25 Women and Men Speak Out About Abortion, and most recently, Good Catholic Girls: How Women Are Leading the Fight to Change the Church. She blogs at the Huffington Post, Religion Dispatches, Ms., and the Women's Media Center. She is a past recipient of an Exceptional Merit Media Award (sponsored by Radcliffe College and the National Women's Political Caucus) for magazine health reporting.
Tracking Good Catholic Girls
Bonavoglia's "The Church’s Tug of War," about women as an invisible force for reform in the Roman Catholic Church, was a lead article in The Nation in the wake of the clergy sex abuse scandals that broke in the US in 2002. It provided a fresh analysis of the role of women in the progressive Church reform movement at an unprecedented moment in American Church history and became the basis for her writing Good Catholic Girls: How Women Are Leading the Fight to Change the Church (Harper-Collins). Since the book was published, Bonavoglia has spoken to hundreds of people around the country about women and Catholic Church reform. She has been a guest on more than 60 television and radio shows in the U.S. and Canada, including shows carried by various NPR affiliates, the Laura Flanders Show, and Amy Goodman's Democracy Now.
The Impact of Choices
Bonavoglia also authored The Choices We Made: 25 Women and Men Speak Out About Abortion, a classic oral history spanning seven decades, from the 1920s through the 1980s. With a foreword by Gloria Steinem, it features Bonavoglia’s interviews with such public personalities as Whoopi Goldberg, Kathy Najimy, Grace Paley, Rita Moreno, and Jill Clayburgh, as well as with activists, clerics and medical providers about their experiences with illegal and legal abortion(Random House, Seal Press)
The Choices We Made was featured on "Oprah" and NPR’s "Lenny Lopate Show." The book was widely discussed, including in the New York Times (Anna Quindlen's column), Newsday, the New York Daily News, the Los Angeles Times, Entertainment Weekly, Mirabella, and Mother Jones. Excerpts have appeared in Cosmopolitan and Ms., and most recently, in beloved author Grace Paley's memoir, Just As I Thought.
Social Worker with Pen
Bonavoglia is a communications and development specialist who has worked as a consultant and on staff for leading foundations, public agencies, and nonprofit institutions, including: the Planned Parenthood Federation, Planned Parenthood affiliates, the Ford Foundation, the Ms. Foundation for Women, the Coalition of 100 Black Women, the International Women's Health Coalition, the New York Community Trust, the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation, Women and Philanthropy, Independence Care System, and the New York City Health Department. She currently is a senior associate for strategic planning with Geoffrey Knox Associates. She holds an MSW from New York University.