Anita Sarkeesian is a feminist media critic who is the founder of the website Feminist Frequency that contains posts and videos on the portrayal of women in and around the world. Her video series Tropes vs. Women in Video Games garnered her huge accolades as the people very well received it over the internet. Anita is also a public speaker who has spoken at XOXO Festival, TEDxWomen and has also appeared on The Colbert Report. Let us have a brief look at the life, career, and net worth of Anita Sarkeesian in 2019.
Early Life & Biography
Anita Sarkeesian was born on August 15, 1983, in Canada to Varkis Sarkeesian and Seta Kegham. Her parents emigrated to Canada in 1970 and were Armenians from Iraq. Anita spent her childhood in Toronto and moved to California where she studied communication at the California State University. In 2010, she graduated from the York University with a Master’s degree in Social and Political Thought.
The personal life of Anita Sarkeesian has not been brought to limelight by her, and there is no authentic information available regarding her relationships and marriage.
Career, Awards & Nominations
In 2009, Anita launched her website Feminist Frequency and started to post videos on the website evaluating the portrayal of women in the modern world. In 2011, she partnered with the Bitch Magazine with the intention of making the video series Tropes vs. Women which would showcase the portrayal of women in media.
In March 2012, The Observer interviewed her, and the same month her blog was listed in Feminist Collection’s E-Sources on Women and Gender. In May 2012, she launched a Kickstarter campaign to collect funds for her upcoming video series Tropes vs. Women in Video Games.
She expected $6000 dollars, but to her surprise, she received $160,000 which allowed her to make the series in much better quality. The first video of the series was released in March 2013, and it became a huge success. In 2015, she announced to release videos on positive portrayal of women in video games and in 2016 she again launched a crowdfunding campaign for the animated series Ordinary Women.
She was mention in the list of 125 Women of Impact by The Daily Beast in 2013 and also received an honorary award from the NAVGTR the same year. Anita also received the Ambassador Award at the Game Developers Choice Awards in 2014.
Net Worth & Earnings
Her career as the founder and owner of the website Feminist Frequency and a public speaker at several gatherings and festivals have garnered her a net worth of $500 thousand.
Anita was hugely criticized by many over the internet for her video series Tropes vs. Women. Her website was hacked, a computer game named Beat Up Anita Sarkeesian was created, and the organizers of the Game Developers Choice Awards even received bomb threats for honoring her with an award in 2014. Anita stood strong against these odds with an iron heart which is why she was named in Cosmopolitan’s list of 50 Most Fascinating People on the Internet.