Hadley Clare Freeman
15 May 1978
New York City, U.S.
|Education||Cambridge Centre for Sixth-form Studies|
|Alma mater||St Anne's College, Oxford|
|Known for||Journalist, author|
|Relatives||Catie Lazarus (cousin)|
Freeman suffered from anorexia and was treated in a psychiatric unit during six different periods between ages 13 and 17. After taking her A-level examinations while boarding at the Cambridge Centre for Sixth-form Studies, she read English literature at St Anne's College, Oxford and edited Cherwell.
After a year in Paris, Freeman worked on the fashion desk of The Guardian for eight years. She joined The Guardian in 2000 and has worked for the newspaper as a staff writer and columnist and contributes to the UK version of Vogue. Following an article for The Guardian in July 2013 criticising misogynistic behaviour, Freeman received a bomb threat on Twitter.
Freeman's books include The Meaning of Sunglasses: A Guide to (Almost) All Things Fashionable, in 2009 and Be Awesome: Modern Life for Modern Ladies in 2013, which was described by Jennifer Lipman in The Jewish Chronicle as "a detailed attack on how women are both portrayed and conditioned to act in public life". Life Moves Pretty Fast, appeared in 2015.
In March 2020, House of Glass: The Story and Secrets of a Twentieth-Century Jewish Family, was published. It is an account of the lives of her grandmother Sala Glass and her three brothers Alex, Jacques, and Henri in Poland, France, and the United States during the course of the twentieth century. Karen Heller wrote in The Washington Post of Freeman being "an exacting historian" who "tackles anti-Semitism, Jewish guilt and success.
Freeman ended her Weekend Guardian column in September 2021 after 51⁄2 years to concentrate on interviews for the newspaper. A memoir recounting her teenage experience of anorexia is scheduled to be published by Fourth Estate in spring 2023.
In June 2018, Freeman denounced the treatment of undocumented child immigrants arriving in America, drawing parallels with her grandmother's experience of escaping from the Holocaust. Freeman described it as deliberate cruelty by the Trump administration, and a reflection of latent racism amongst its supporters.
In November 2018, U.S. journalists from The Guardian published an opinion piece criticising a Guardian editorial about the Gender Recognition Act, claiming it was transphobic. In tweets, Freeman defended the editorial. She has since been cited as expressing views that trans-allied feminists consider transphobic. In June 2021, Freeman used her regular opinion column in The Guardian to describe that she had "lost at least a dozen friends over this ... friends who have told me my beliefs are transphobic". In a February 2022 interview with Margaret Atwood, after several questions about Atwood's position on trans rights and on gender critical beliefs, Atwood replied "I’m not going to argue about this. That’s not what my book is about and that’s not what we’re here to discuss. ... It is not true that there are no trans people, so then a lot of questions come into that, and we’re not going to get into those, although they seem to be your obsession of the day." Freeman's interview concluded, "Just an hour or so later, she sends me several emails, some about the Galloway case, others elaborating on her thoughts about gender. ... Most of it is off the record, but I think she won’t mind me saying that, ultimately, we both want the same thing, which is truth and fairness."
Freeman often discusses cinema, particularly from the 1980s, in her articles and occasionally in broadcasts. She has said that her favourite film is Ghostbusters and that she has a collection of related books and articles.
She has twin sons and a daughter.
- Hadley, Freeman (2 January 2021). "My naughty cousin Catie Lazarus was the funniest woman in any room – how I'll miss her". The Guardian. Retrieved 3 January 2021.
- Freeman, Hadley (12 May 2018). "I can't wait to turn 40. After four decades of getting things wrong, I know some stuff". The Guardian. Retrieved 29 May 2018.
- "Alumni Profiles". Cambridge Centre for Sixth-form Studies. Archived from the original on 1 November 2014. Retrieved 1 November 2014.
- Freeman, Hadley (4 July 2012). "Cricket and other baffling British habits". The Guardian. Retrieved 29 May 2018.
- Groskop, Viv (19 May 2013). "Be Awesome: Modern Life for Modern Ladies, by Hadley Freeman – review". The Observer. Retrieved 29 May 2018.
- Freeman, Hadley (6 November 2012). "Sick of US news? Don't worry: there are lots of other things to discuss". The Guardian. Retrieved 29 May 2018.
- Gil, Natalie; Forster, Katie (4 November 2012). "Interview: Hadley Freeman". The Tab. Retrieved 29 May 2018.
- Freeman, Hadley (4 February 2017). "I'm American and British. Can I save the special relationship?". The Guardian. Retrieved 9 March 2020.
- Freeman, Hadley (25 November 2017). "It wasn't feminist theory that cured my anorexia – it was having something to eat for". The Guardian. Retrieved 22 December 2017.
- Levy Gale, Sadie (10 August 2013). "Interview: Hadley Freeman – How to be Awesome". Cherwell. Retrieved 29 May 2018.
- Freeman, Hadley (10 May 2013). "I was banned from a slew of shows and never brushed my hair: Hadley Freeman's life as a fashion misfit". London Evening Standard. Retrieved 29 May 2018.
- "Hadley Freeman". RCW agency. Retrieved 18 September 2021.
- Batty, David (1 August 2013). "Bomb threats made on Twitter to female journalists". The Guardian. Retrieved 1 August 2013.
- Freeman, Hadley (5 February 2009). The Meaning of Sunglasses: A Guide to (Almost) All Things Fashionable. Penguin Books. ISBN 978-0-670-01867-3.
- Freeman, Hadley (25 April 2013). Be Awesome: Modern Life for Modern Ladies. Fourth Estate. ISBN 978-0-007-48570-3.
- Lipman, Jennifer (30 May 2013). "Be Awesome: Modern Life for Modern Ladies". The Jewish Chronicle. Retrieved 29 May 2018.
- Ellen, Barbara (17 May 2015). "Life Moves Pretty Fast review – a funny, absorbing study of 80s Hollywood". The Observer. Retrieved 24 July 2016.
- Freeman, Hadley (5 March 2020). House of Glass: The story and secrets of a twentieth-century Jewish family. HarperCollins. ISBN 9780008322632.
- Hennigan, Adrian (24 March 2020). "Picasso, Dior, Auschwitz and an Ayatollah: Uncovering a Secret Jewish Family History". Haaretz. Retrieved 24 March 2020.
- David, Keren (27 February 2020). "The family secrets found in a shoebox". The Jewish Chronicle. Retrieved 29 February 2020.
- Heller, Karen (30 March 2020). "In 'House of Glass,' Hadley Freeman unearth's the World War II-era secrets of her family's past". The Washington Post. Retrieved 31 March 2020.
- Freeman, Hadley (18 September 2021). "Opinion writing has changed a lot since I started out. It's time for something new". The Guardian. Retrieved 18 September 2021.
- Chandler, Mark= (17 March 2021). "Fourth Estate buys Freeman's 'ground-breaking' memoir". The Bookseller. Retrieved 18 September 2021.
- Freeman, Hadley (19 June 2018). "Donald Trump's child cruelty shocks us, but it shouldn't surprise us". The Guardian. Retrieved 19 June 2018.
- Levin, Sam; Chalabi, Mona; Siddiqui, Sabrina (2 November 2018). "Why we take issue with the Guardian's stance on trans rights in the UK". The Guardian. Retrieved 19 December 2019.
- Persio, Sofia Lotto (3 November 2018). "Guardian US journalists denounce newspaper's "transphobic" editorial". PinkNews. Retrieved 29 February 2020.
- Valens, Ana (2 April 2018). "There's nothing feminist about attacking trans women". The Daily Dot. Retrieved 8 June 2021.
- Ewens, Hannah (16 June 2020). "Inside the Great British TERF War". Vice. Retrieved 8 June 2021.
- Freeman, Hadley (26 June 2021). "People have told me I'm on the wrong side of history, but I still want to be their friend". The Guardian. Retrieved 19 February 2022.
- Freeman, Hadley (19 February 2022). "Playing with Fire. Margaret Atwood on feminism, culture wars and speaking her mind: 'I'm very willing to listen, but not to be scammed'". The Guardian. Retrieved 19 February 2022.
- Milton, Josh (19 February 2022). "'Gender critical' journalist tries to grill Margaret Atwood on trans rights. It backfires, badly". PinkNews. Retrieved 19 February 2022.
- Freeman, Hadley (27 October 2011). "My favourite film: Ghostbusters". The Guardian. Retrieved 24 July 2016.
- Freeman, Hadley (27 October 2011). "Why I owe it all to 1980s movies". The Guardian. Retrieved 24 July 2016.