Helen Lewis (journalist)

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Helen Lewis
Born 1983 (age 34–35)
Nationality British
Other names Helen Lewis-Hasteley
Alma mater
Occupation Journalist, editor

Helen Lewis (born 1983) is a British journalist and the deputy editor of the New Statesman.[1] She has also written for The Guardian[2] and The Sunday Times.

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 joining the team 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] She is married to the journalist Jonathan Haynes.[8]

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,[9] and it was quoted afterwards in Wired UK[10] as part of a piece on the Donglegate incident, in which an engineer and a self-styled "developer evangelist" were fired after the latter accused two engineers sitting behind her of making sexual jokes at PyCon 2013.


  1. ^ "Contact Us" Archived 4 April 2013 at the Wayback Machine., New Statesman website
  2. ^ Helen Lewis Archived 15 February 2017 at the Wayback Machine., contributor page, guardian.co.uk
  3. ^ a b Helen Lewis-Hasteley "The secret of networking? Talking" Archived 20 October 2016 at the Wayback Machine., The Guardian, 10 January 2012
  4. ^ "Schmooze and Booze celebrates first birthday" Archived 3 December 2013 at the Wayback Machine., Press Gazette, 28 August 2007
  5. ^ "Plenty of schmoozing and plenty of boozing" Archived 2 December 2013 at the Wayback Machine., Press Gazette, 13 June 2007
  6. ^ 'Media Monkey' "Media Monkey: Warren Buffett, a BSkyB buffet, and Danny Cohen" Archived 27 September 2016 at the Wayback Machine., guardian.co.uk, 27 May 2013
  7. ^ "New appointments and web expansion" Archived 5 June 2013 at the Wayback Machine., newstatesman.com, 16 May 2012
  8. ^ Urwin, Rosamund (10 August 2015). "Boxing clever: why everyone from Gigi Hadid to Ellie Goulding is toning up in the ring". London Evening Standard. Archived from the original on 21 August 2016. Retrieved 16 July 2016.
  9. ^ Lewis, Helen (9 August 2012). "@helenlewis". Twitter. Archived from the original on 3 December 2013. Retrieved 29 March 2013. As I've just told @alicetiara, the comments on any article about feminism justify feminism. That is Lewis's Law.
  10. ^ Marwick, Alice (29 March 2013). "Donglegate: Why the Tech Community Hates Feminists". Wired UK. Archived from the original on 29 March 2013. Retrieved 29 March 2013.

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