At the age of 11, Katrina Fox became a vegetarian, without knowing the word, after learning the ‘beef burger’ her mum served up for dinner was once a beautiful cow. Her refusal to eat meat didn’t go down too well with her family in a small town just outside London in the UK, but she stood her ground, unfazed by going against the grain.
Since then she’s made a point of continuing to speak up for society’s underdogs through occasional character comedy and performance art, as well as being chased by riot police during protests against animal cruelty, and during her 23-year career as a journalist.
She caught the tail end of the second wave feminist movement in the late 1980s fresh out of high school, gathering with groups of women in ‘consciousness raising’ meetings in the east London suburb of Hackney (long before it became trendy!), before revelling in the third wave throughout the 90s and early noughties.
From chanting in circles at Goddess conferences in Glastonbury to shaking her booty at ‘lipstick lesbian’ discos, Katrina has celebrated women and the divine feminine in all its facets for the past 35 years.
Katrina has worked on staff as a senior reporter, features writer, sub-editor and editor, and as a freelancer on a broad range of niche and mainstream print and online media in the UK, US and Australia. Her work has been featured in The Sydney Morning Herald, News Limited, and Forbes, among many other outlets.
Her two proudest moments were persuading a mainstream media editor to run her article on speciesism and another to use the gender-neutral pronouns ‘zie’ and ‘zir’ for a piece she did on sex and gender diversity. Each represented a triumph for the marginalized, with the former earning her the Voiceless: The Animal Protection Institute Media Prize for Print/Online Journalism.
Since becoming an ethical vegan in 1996 after a school teacher called Kay opened her eyes to the countless ways animals are used, abused and exploited for human consumption or entertainment, Katrina’s mission has been to educate, inform and inspire as many people as possible to embrace a vision of a world in which all beings are free to thrive.
Her ideas on the interconnections between human and animal social justice are featured in chapters in the books Circles of Compassion: Essays Connecting Issues of Justice (edited by Dr Will Tuttle) and Plant-Powered Women: Pioneering Female Vegan Leaders Share Their Vision for a Healthier, Greener, More Compassionate World (edited by Kathy Divine).
Katrina is the founder and editor of VeganBusinessMedia.com, host of the popular and first-of-its kind podcast Vegan Business Talk and author of Vegan Ventures: Start and Grow an Ethical Business, the first global book providing success strategies for aspiring and existing vegan business owners.
While continuing to help vegan entrepreneurs, business owners and ethical leaders raise their profile, as well as speaking at local and international events, Katrina is excited about building the VIVAS into a strong global community so we can effect positive change for all.
Katrina lives with her wife, Tracie, in Sydney, Australia. She loves glitter, disco and internet cat videos.