Help Us Win a Webby Award!

Our Women and Guns project has been nominated for a People's Voice honor—but we need your vote to win.

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Amplifying women's voices—especially in conversations where they haven't been heard—is one of our most important goals here at That's why, in February of 2016, we published an ambitious 10-part series about women and guns (opens in new tab), exploring female perspectives on all sides of the debate.

We featured a national survey conducted in partnership with Harvard, an essay by Hillary Clinton, an interview with the NRA, a look at the women left behind by gun violence, a mini-documentary about a teenage competitive shooter, and more insight into how women feel about, live with, and die by guns.

A small team of fiercely dedicated female editors spent six months bringing the project to life, and we're so honored to be recognized by the Webby Awards for our labor of love. We can't help but think it's fitting that a series designed to make women heard is nominated for People's Voice, and that it's up to you to decide who wins.

Vote here (opens in new tab), and tell us what you think of the project on Twitter with the hashtag #WomenAndGuns—we're listening.


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Jessica Pels
Jessica Pels

As the editor of Cosmopolitan, Jess oversees the editorial for all of Cosmo's efforts across print, digital, video, and emerging platforms. Previously she served as the digital director of Marie Claire, where she tripled the readership, and she's held print and hybrid posts at Glamour and Teen Vogue. In 2013 she launched an interactive e-commerce platform for a fashion-tech startup, and in a former life she was a ballet dancer and NYU film student. She lives in Manhattan with her scruffy dog George.