March 02, 2016

Women of Doubt: Amy Alkon gives advice (like a goddess?)

Today, I have a fun Woman of Doubt to share: Amy Alkon, the Advice Goddess.

source: Wikipedia

Who is Amy Alkon? She's an advice columnist, and according to the bio on her website:

"The Advice Goddess," by Amy Alkon, is an award-winning, hilarious and scientifically sound syndicated advice column that runs in about 100 newspapers across the U.S. and Canada. 2

Amy was born on March 8, 1964, in Farmington Hills, a Detroit, Michigan suburb, to a Jewish family.1 She was a voracious reader:

Alton credits her isolation as the catalyst that cultivated her early fondness for reading. 1
As an adult, Amy moved to New York city, where she "dispensed advice on a street corner in SoHo as one of three women who called themselves ‘The Advice Ladies’." 1 Amy and the Advice Ladies did this "not [as] an occupation, merely a hobby." 1

She began a career as an author when she co-authored Free Advice- The Advice Ladies on Love, Dating, Sex, and Relationships with Carolina Johnson and Marlowe Minnick, her fellow Advice Ladies. She continued her career with her first solo book released in November 2009: I See Rude People: One Woman's Battle to Beat Some Manners into Impolite Society. 1

Before branding herself as  the Advice Goddess, Alkon wrote the "Ask Amy Alkon" column for the New York Daily News. 1

Her writing career has been fairly prolific:

Amy Alkon has written features and op-eds for Psychology Today, Los Angeles Times, LA Times Magazine, LA Weekly, New Times Los Angeles, the New York Daily News and Pravda. Her newspaper column has won numerous first place awards in the Southern California Journalism Awards, and Amy has regularly been one of four finalists for Journalist of the Year. 2

I know I am personally intrigued by her latest book, released in 2014: Good Manners for Nice People Who Say F*ck. I'm going to have to check it out, I think.

You can find out more about Amy Alkon, as well as read recent columns and find information for requesting the column in your local paper, at her website:


1 “Amy’s Bio”. <> Accessed March 1, 2016

2 “Amy Alkon.” Wikipedia. <> Accessed March 1, 2016.

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