PODCAST: Dawn Wilcox is counting women murdered by men in the United States, and the results are grim

Meghan Murphy speaks with Dawn Wilcox, founder of Women Count USA, a national database and femicide census of all women and girls murdered by men in the United States.

 

In 2017, Dawn Wilcox founded Women Count USA, a national database and femicide census of all women and girls murdered by men in the United States. The numbers are shocking. When I spoke to Dawn in July, she’d counted 805 women killed by men since January 2018. As of today, the number has reached 1037.

Too often, when men kill women, we hear that “it was an isolated incident” or that a man “snapped,” when, in reality, these murders are more often connected to ongoing abuse and are premeditated.

A domestic violence and sexual assault survivor herself, Dawn now teaches other women how to identify and challenge the misogynistic and victim-blaming narratives we see in reporting on violence against women, and does the very hard and time-consuming work of tracking femicide in the US in her spare time, on top of her job as a registered nurse.

I spoke with her over the phone about her work and what she’s learned through tracking these murders from her home in Texas.

To follow Dawn’s work, follow Woman Count USA on Facebook or on Twitter.

Meghan Murphy
Meghan Murphy

Founder & Editor

Meghan Murphy is a freelance writer and journalist. She has been podcasting and writing about feminism since 2010 and has published work in numerous national and international publications, including New Statesman, Vice, Al Jazeera, The Globe and Mail, I-D, Truthdig, and more. Meghan completed a Masters degree in the department of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies at Simon Fraser University in 2012 and lives in Vancouver, B.C. with her dog.

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  • Zoë Lafantaisie

    Very inspirational – I feel like starting something similar for Canada. I wonder if the Status of Women has anyone doing this?

  • Marla

    What a disturbing interview. I was somewhat taken back the account to recognize the women who fall into suicide from the traumatic fallout of rape and physical abuse. Too many of us are dying.