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, Crikey, 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. 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.
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." 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.
Ruby Hamad is an Associate Editor for the progressive feminist publication The Scavenger 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.
In 2017-18 Hamad produced an essay series on the cultural and political significance of food for SBS. 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.
- 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.
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. Returning to Sydney, Hamad was developing several feature film scripts in 2011.
- "'Both sides' journalism betrays the public interest". www.eurekastreet.com.au. Retrieved 2018-03-27.
- "What leaders are really doing when they call Arab nations 'regimes'". Crikey. 2017-09-27. Retrieved 2018-03-27.
- "Ruby Hamad - On Line Opinion Author". On Line Opinion. Retrieved 2018-04-13.
- "Queen Victoria Women's Centre International Women's Day Address: Ruby Hamad – Intersectionality, Identity Politics, and the Global South: When Feminism and Neoliberalism Collide | QVWC.org.au". www.qvwc.org.au. Retrieved 2018-04-13.
- "Intersecting oppressions: perspectives from a Muslim vegan feminist". Scavenger. Retrieved 2018-04-13.
- "Staff". www.thescavenger.net. Retrieved 2018-04-13.
- Hamad, Ruby (2017-07-21). "Uncovering the myths of Muslim women". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 2018-04-13.
- "Why food is another way for your family to say 'I love you'". Food. Retrieved 2018-03-27.
- "Long before the eggplant emoji, art has used food in suggestive ways". Food. Retrieved 2018-03-27.
- "Comment: The real history of tahini". Food. Retrieved 2018-03-27.
- "Why Hitler wasn't a vegetarian and the Aryan vegan diet isn't what it seems". Food. Retrieved 2018-03-27.
- "My mum's grapevine is our family's lifeline". Food. Retrieved 2018-03-27.
- "The truth about personality disorders". Topics. Retrieved 2018-03-27.
- "Sex addiction: When too much isn't enough". Topics. Retrieved 2018-03-27.
- "The emotional turbulence of borderline personality disorder". Topics. Retrieved 2018-03-27.
- "It's (not really) all about me: Inside the mind of a narcissist". Topics. Retrieved 2018-03-27.
- "Abused as children, feared as adults: the extreme trauma behind dissociative identity disorder". Topics. Retrieved 2018-03-27.
- "Defiant Daughters: 21 Women on Art, Activism, Animals, and the Sexual Politics of Meat". lanternbooks.com. Retrieved 2018-04-13.
- 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.
- "Defiant Daughters". www.goodreads.com. Retrieved 2018-04-13.
- "Save the world with salad". eurekastreet.com.au. Retrieved 2018-04-13.