Ruby Hamad

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Ruby Hamad is an Australian journalist, op-ed writer, and public speaker. She has written articles in The Sydney Morning Herald, ABC News (Australia), Special Broadcasting Service (SBS) Life, Eureka Street,[1] Crikey,[2] The Guardian, and The Saturday Paper. Her public speaking includes giving the 2017 International Women's Day keynote speech and Feminist Intersection - In Conversation (with Celeste Liddle) for the Queen Victoria Women's Centre, and hosting panels at Melbourne Writers Festival and Newcastle Writers Festival.


Hamad has a bachelor's degree in Political Economy from the University of Sydney. She is a graduate from the Victorian College of the Arts, where she majored in film writing and directing.[3] She has a master's degree in journalism and media practice from the University of Sydney, and teaches part-time in history and social sciences at the University of Western Sydney.[4]

Early writings[edit]

Hamad describes her early writings as "focused primarily on overtly feminist issues including gender representation in popular culture, the treatment of women in the Arab world, and the virgin-whore dichotomy."[5] She cites reading The Sexual Politics of Meat as a personal watershed moment in realising that eating animals acts as mirror and representation of patriarchal values, with a focus on the line "If meat is a symbol of male dominance then the presence of meat proclaims the disempowering of women", stating meat reminded her of her powerlessness as a child.[5]

In 2008 Hamad wrote for Australian e-journal Online Opinion.[3] In 2012 Hamad became a columnist for Fairfax’s Daily Life, writing there for five years.[4]

Later work[edit]

Ruby Hamad is an Associate Editor for the progressive feminist publication The Scavenger[6] where she states her passion is for pursuing social justice, including justice for the most vulnerable amongst us, non-human animals.

Hamad has been asked to critique the writing of other Arab and Muslim women, including Fighting Hislam by Susan Carland and Beyond Veiled Cliches: The Real Lives of Arab Women by Amal Awad.[7]

In 2017-18 Hamad produced an essay series on the cultural and political significance of food for SBS.[8][9][10][11][12] Also for SBS in this time period, Hamad created a series on the real people behind mental illness, including myth-busting that helped shape public opinion on the stigma of sufferers.[13][14][15][16][17]


  • Hamad, Ruby (March 2013). "Halal". In Davis, Kara; Lee, Wendy. Defiant Daughters: 21 Women on Art, Activism, Animals, and The Sexual Politics of Meat. Lantern Books. ISBN 9781590564202. [18][19][20]


Ruby Hamad is a graduate from the Victorian College of the Arts, where she majored in film writing and directing. While living in Melbourne she worked on[clarification needed] a feature film script.[3] Returning to Sydney, Hamad was developing several feature film scripts in 2011.[21]


  1. ^ "'Both sides' journalism betrays the public interest". Retrieved 2018-03-27. 
  2. ^ "What leaders are really doing when they call Arab nations 'regimes'". Crikey. 2017-09-27. Retrieved 2018-03-27. 
  3. ^ a b c "Ruby Hamad - On Line Opinion Author". On Line Opinion. Retrieved 2018-04-13. 
  4. ^ a b "Queen Victoria Women's Centre International Women's Day Address: Ruby Hamad – Intersectionality, Identity Politics, and the Global South: When Feminism and Neoliberalism Collide |". Retrieved 2018-04-13. 
  5. ^ a b "Intersecting oppressions: perspectives from a Muslim vegan feminist". Scavenger. Retrieved 2018-04-13. 
  6. ^ "Staff". Retrieved 2018-04-13. 
  7. ^ Hamad, Ruby (2017-07-21). "Uncovering the myths of Muslim women". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 2018-04-13. 
  8. ^ "Why food is another way for your family to say 'I love you'". Food. Retrieved 2018-03-27. 
  9. ^ "Long before the eggplant emoji, art has used food in suggestive ways". Food. Retrieved 2018-03-27. 
  10. ^ "Comment: The real history of tahini". Food. Retrieved 2018-03-27. 
  11. ^ "Why Hitler wasn't a vegetarian and the Aryan vegan diet isn't what it seems". Food. Retrieved 2018-03-27. 
  12. ^ "My mum's grapevine is our family's lifeline". Food. Retrieved 2018-03-27. 
  13. ^ "The truth about personality disorders". Topics. Retrieved 2018-03-27. 
  14. ^ "Sex addiction: When too much isn't enough". Topics. Retrieved 2018-03-27. 
  15. ^ "The emotional turbulence of borderline personality disorder". Topics. Retrieved 2018-03-27. 
  16. ^ "It's (not really) all about me: Inside the mind of a narcissist". Topics. Retrieved 2018-03-27. 
  17. ^ "Abused as children, feared as adults: the extreme trauma behind dissociative identity disorder". Topics. Retrieved 2018-03-27. 
  18. ^ "Defiant Daughters: 21 Women on Art, Activism, Animals, and the Sexual Politics of Meat". Retrieved 2018-04-13. 
  19. ^ Adams, Carol (2014-03-01). Davis, Kara; Lee, Wendy, eds. Defiant Daughters: 21 Women on Art, Activism, Animals, and the Sexual Politics of Meat. Lantern Books. ISBN 9781590564196. 
  20. ^ "Defiant Daughters". Retrieved 2018-04-13. 
  21. ^ "Save the world with salad". Retrieved 2018-04-13. 

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