Lilli Petersen

Bio

Lilli is the News Editor at Elite Daily, where she leads coverage on all things news and politics, including reproductive rights, the Trump administration, and social justice issues. To keep it fun, she also oversees Elite Daily's I Have The Job You Want series, profiling all the people who do the fun and fascinating jobs you wanted when you were seven. Before joining Elite Daily, she was previously a News & Politics Writer with Refinery29. Besides her depressing obsession with politics, she loves to talk about her dog, Star Wars, her dog, feminism, her dog, and the enduring importance of Sansa Stark as the true hero of 'Game of Thrones.' Send her pitches at lilli.petersen@bustle.com, or follow her on Twitter for some quality dog content and the occasional feminist rant.

Twitter Is Going Off About Joe Biden's Pick For VP

By Lilli Petersen
As if 2020 wasn't already one for the history books, now there's another groundbreaking moment to add to the list. On Aug. 11, presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden announced that he'd selected Sen. Kamala Harris of California as his…

Michelle Obama Shared A Sunny Memory To Celebrate Barack's Birthday

By Lilli Petersen
On Aug. 4, 2020, President Barack Obama celebrated his 59th birthday, but given the ongoing coronavirus pandemic a big party is probably not in the cards. But that just gives him more time to celebrate with family, and his family is clearly ready.…

Donald Trump's Quotes About Defunding The Police Make His Stance Clear

By Madhuri Sathish and Lilli Petersen
As protests against police brutality continue across the country, so do calls to overhaul policing in the United States. Activists involved in movements to demilitarize police departments are also demanding that city councils defund — and in some…

This Washington Sports Team Is Finally Changing Its Racist Name & Twitter Is Hyped

By Lilli Petersen
The United States is in the middle of an ongoing reckoning with systemic racism after — yet another — set of high profile killings of Black people. Around the country, many are reevaluating their internalized biases, while organizations and…

Drag Queen Shea Couleé Is All About Working Hard & Speaking Out

By Lilli Petersen
If you could get paid to put on makeup and gorgeous clothing and show off — well, calling the option a “no-brainer” doesn’t quite cover it, does it? For a professional drag queen like Shea Couleé, 31, that’s literally the life. But then, real life…

The Supreme Court Just Made A Major Ruling On Abortion

By Lilli Petersen and Madhuri Sathish
Despite everything else going on in the United States, it's still Supreme Court ruling season, and on June 29, 2020, the justices gave Americans a big one. The Supreme Court's ruling on abortion case June Medical Services, LLC v. Russo affirmed the…

Here's What To Know About Your Rights As A Protester Before You Go March

By Cianna Garrison and Lilli Petersen
The consistent killings of Black people at the hands of police, like the cases of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Elijah McClain, Tony McDade, and more, as well as Ahmaud Arbery, who was killed in a confrontation with two white men, have sparked…

Barack Obama Shared Some Very Specific Advice About Action After George Floyd's Death

By Lilli Petersen
As public rage over the killings of black Americans, often at the hands of police, continues to escalate, protests around the country are growing as well. In Minneapolis, New York, Boston, Philadelphia, and other cities, protesters are turning out…

Gun Safety Activist Nza-Ari Khepra Wants You To Be On Social Media More In Quarantine

By Lilli Petersen
The year 2020 isn't even halfway over, and it feels like it's already been a decade. Between the coronavirus pandemic and all the other trials and tribulations of the past few months, it's particularly important to pause and take a moment for…

Ilhan Omar Appreciates The "Privilege" Of Advocating For Others During Quarantine

By Lilli Petersen
As the coronavirus pandemic enters what feels like its millionth day, everyone is just trying to get through this as best they can. Whether you're taking the time to perfect your sourdough starter, volunteering to help others, or just…

Period Activist Nadya Okamoto Is Turning Adversity Into Purpose During Quarantine

By Lilli Petersen
When you did your pandemic prep grocery run, did you remember to grab menstrual supplies? If you were quarantining with Nadya Okamoto, you wouldn't forget. The 22-year-old Harvard junior, co-founder of menstrual activist group Period, and author of…

Michelle Obama's 'Becoming' Documentary Trailer Is A Sneak Peek At Your Next Happy Cry

By Lilli Petersen
Since she left the White House more than three years ago, former first lady Michelle Obama has written a best-selling memoir, been on a speaking tour, and now, is the subject of a documentary based on that memoir and tour, Becoming. But if you still…

Bernie Sanders Is Ending His 2020 Campaign & Everyone Is Shocked

By Lilli Petersen
The 2020 presidential race has been full of twists and turns, but the path just got a lot more straightforward. On April 8, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders ended his 2020 presidential campaign, clearing the way for former Vice President Joe Biden to…

You May Have A Harder Time Getting The Coronavirus Stimulus Payment If You're A Student

By Lilli Petersen
The outbreak of coronavirus, which was declared a global pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO) on March 11, is upending everyone's lives. Whether you're struggling with the health risks, the education disruptions, or the economic freefall,…

People Have Such Mixed Feelings Over The Olympics Postponement

By Lilli Petersen
Cancel your plane tickets and hotel reservations, everyone. On March 24, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo have been postponed until 2021 over fears of the coronavirus, also called COVID-19. It's…

The 2020 Olympics Have Officially Been Postponed Due To Coronavirus

By Lilli Petersen
It's one for the history books, and not in a good way. On Tuesday, March 24, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) postponed the 2020 Tokyo Olympics due to the coronavirus, also known as COVID-19. The Games have only ever been canceled three…

We Were On Study Abroad When Coronavirus Hit, & Here's Why We Chose To Stay

By Lilli Petersen
Within the span of weeks, the outbreak of the novel coronavirus, which causes the respiratory illness COVID-19, has gone from a localized concern to a worldwide pandemic. Since January 2020, the virus has spread across the globe, with over 460,000…

Dogsled Musher Blair Braverman Is Living Your Childhood Adventure Dreams

By Lilli Petersen
Have you ever dreamed about running away from it all and going exploring? As a kid, did you fantasize about escaping into the wilderness with your dog to explore the unknown, and coming home windswept and full of tales of rugged individualism? For…

Elizabeth Warren Shared The Most Bittersweet Words To End Her 2020 Campaign

By Lilli Petersen
And then there were two. On Thursday, March 5, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren dropped out of the 2020 presidential race, leaving the election without a prominent woman, and a lot of her supporters devastated. Shortly after the news broke on…

Twitter Is Heartbroken About Elizabeth Warren Ending Her 2020 Campaign

By Lilli Petersen
It's been a good ride, folks. On Thursday, March 5, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren dropped out of the 2020 presidential race, according to reports from The New York Times and CNN. The senator's reported departure comes after disappointing…