About Us

Why We’re Doing This

Think of the words we use to describe women talking to one another: blabbing, bitching, shrieking. It’s not an accident that these words only apply to us. But we know better. These hushed conversations—too often confined to the stalls in the ladies’ bathroom and the sanctuary of private group chats—deserve to be heard. We’re done screaming into the void.

Who We Are

We are a collective of New York-based creatives who work in the media, art, and tech fields. Our work has appeared in a variety of  local and national publications.


Laura Gardiner is an “ice queen.” She has a BFA in Visual Arts from a state school in Maryland that no one has heard of. She currently runs a Fine-Art printing studio in SoHo by day and meticulously crafts Spotify playlists in Brooklyn by night.

E-mail: laura@highstrung.co



Saira Khan is “bossy.” She is a freelance writer. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, newyorker.com, The Atlantic, The Baltimore Sun, and A Women’s Thing.

E-mail: saira@highstrung.co | Twitter: @sairakh



Gabrielle Sierra is “feisty.” She is the Events Editor for a foreign relations think tank. An arts and culture journalist, her work has appeared in a variety of publications including Paste, Billboard, Gothamist, The Daily News, MySpace, and A Women’s Thing.

E-mail: gabrielle@highstrung.co | Twitter: @gabsierrarocks


Frida Oskarsdottir is “shrill.” Originally from Iceland, she has a BA in English and an MS in Environment and Natural Resources. She currently works for an educational technology publisher. Her writing has appeared in A Women’s Thing and xoJane.

E-mail: frida@highstrung.com | Twitter: @fridaoskars




Monica Torres is “overly emotional.” In the daytime, she’s a reporter on the workplace. At home, she thinks too much about feelings and how tech disguises human choices as defaults. Her writing has appeared in Quartz, Fusion, Slate, Real Life Magazine and The Hairpin.

E-mail: monica@highstrung.co | Twitter: @monifierce



Sara Afzal “talks too much.” She is a writer and journalist in New York City. Her work has appeared on The Huffington Post, The Guardian, Mashable, and Mic. Sara enjoys writing about women’s issues, Iranian culture, technology, and social media. She attained a dual masters degree at NYU in Global Journalism and Middle Eastern Studies.