Helen Lewis (journalist)

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Helen Lewis
Born 1983 (age 31–32)
Other names Helen Lewis-Hasteley
Alma mater
Occupation Journalist, editor

Helen Lewis (briefly known as Helen Lewis-Hasteley, born 1983) is an English journalist who is currently Deputy Editor of the New Statesman.[1] She has also written for The Guardian,[2] and has worked as a sub-editor for the Daily Mail.

Life and career[edit]

Lewis read English at St Peter's College, Oxford, and after graduating, gained a Post-Graduate Diploma in Newspaper Journalism from London's City University. Subsequently she was accepted on the Daily Mail's programme for trainee sub-editors, working in the job for a few years, and later was responsible for commissioning features for the newspaper. For five years,[3] from August 2006,[4] Lewis ran a networking scheme, open to all young journalists, called Schmooze and Booze, for which she organised events held in a Central London pub every other month.[3] Lewis commented in 2007 that older colleagues, who had worked with each other for quite a long time, all seemed to know each other, while her contemporaries did not.[5]

Lewis was appointed as Deputy Editor of the New Statesman in May 2012,[6] after becoming Assistant Editor in 2010.[7]

Lewis's law[edit]

Lewis's law is an eponymous law taken from her observation that "the comments on any article about feminism justify feminism". Lewis first made the observation on Twitter on 9 August 2012,[8] and it was quoted afterwards in Wired UK[9] as part of a piece on the Donglegate incident, in which an engineer and a developer evangelist were fired after the developer evangelist accused two engineers sitting behind her of making sexual jokes at PyCon 2013.


  1. ^ "Contact Us", New Statesman website
  2. ^ Helen Lewis, contributor page, guardian.co.uk
  3. ^ a b Helen Lewis-Hasteley "The secret of networking? Talking", The Guardian, 10 January 2012
  4. ^ "Schmooze and Booze celebrates first birthday", Press Gazette, 28 August 2007
  5. ^ "Plenty of schmoozing and plenty of boozing", Press Gazette, 13 June 2007
  6. ^ 'Media Monkey' "Media Monkey: Warren Buffett, a BSkyB buffet, and Danny Cohen", guardian.co.uk, 27 May 2013
  7. ^ "New appointments and web expansion", newstatesman.com, 16 May 2012
  8. ^ Lewis, Helen (9 August 2012). "@helenlewis". Twitter. Retrieved 29 March 2013. As I've just told @alicetiara, the comments on any article about feminism justify feminism. That is Lewis's Law. 
  9. ^ Marwick, Alice (29 March 2013). "Donglegate: Why the Tech Community Hates Feminists". Wired UK. Retrieved 29 March 2013. 

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