100 Women We Love: Class of 2017

Every June, GO compiles a select list of talented tastemakers, influencers and all-around inspirational women who are making their mark on the LGBT community and on the world at large.

Sarah Pappalardo

Photo by Steph Mantis

Have you ever rolled your eyes at some ridiculous personal essay? Sarah Pappalardo feels you. She, along with Beth Newell, co-founded Reductress, a site full of Onion-esque “articles” that make fun of outrageous clickbait culture and “take on the outdated perspectives and condescending tone of popular women’s media, through the eyes of the funniest women in comedy today.” Though Reductress is now a very popular humor destination, no one involved with its early beginnings could have anticipated how successful it’s become. “For the first year, we never really thought, ‘Oh, this is going to be a business,’” Pappalardo explained in a Cosmo essay. “We thought, ‘Oh, this, at best, will be a cool blog that we can have fun with.’” They also thought it would allow them to work “with other women we know that don’t really have a place to do this kind of comedy.” Pappalardo tells GO she is “celebrated” for being an out writer and creator. “That definitely can’t be said about every industry, so I consider myself lucky!” Her message to the LGBT community? “We all have very different degrees of privilege in the queer community in 2017. Check yours, and consider it your responsibility to lift up those who have less of it than you.” —GH