Linda Kay Klein

Linda Kay Klein is a storyteller, social innovator, and spiritual strongwoman. She is the founder of Break Free Together, a nonprofit organization committed to ending sexual shaming, and the author of the critically acclaimed book PURE: Inside the Evangelical Movement that Shamed a Generation of Young Women and How I Broke Free. PURE has been called “a revelation” by New York Magazine’s The Cut and “impossible to forget” by Bust Magazine. Linda is also the the founder and former director of the award-winning program Work on Purpose—a leadership development model that helps people find their purpose and put it into action. Faculty and staff at over 200 colleges, universities and nonprofits have used the Work on Purpose model with tens of thousands of emerging professionals across the country.

Linda has been featured on CBS National News and is a frequent guest on NPR. She and her work have been written about in Elle Magazine, Good Housekeeping, Vice, the New York Post, the Chicago Tribune, Fox News Online and other national media outlets.

Speaking and workshop topics include: Break the silence, Break the shame; Claim your body, Claim your story; Women, religion and shame; Faith and sexuality; Stepping stones: Building community one step at a time; Finding and following your purpose; Focused presence; Forgiveness

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“Linda Kay Klein takes us inside religious purity culture as only one who grew up in it can. She shows us how the system of mind-and-body shaming works within a religious movement so culturally and politically influential that it must be understood by us all.” –Gloria Steinem

“Linda Kay Klein’s PURE is an important book for this moment in history, as women come to the collective understanding that the institutions we spend our lives serving are not created to serve us. Women are canaries in religious coal mines—and PURE emboldens us to escape toxic misogyny and experience a fresh breath of freedom.” —Glennon Doyle, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Love Warrior

“An important book from an important new voice.” —Brian D. McLaren, author of The Great Spiritual Migration

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Linda speaks about feminism, faith & sexuality at the S.H.E. Summit.

How We Get Over: Linda speaks about women, religion & shame at the Barnard College TEDxWomen.

CBS Deconstructing My Religion: Healing from spiritual trauma with Linda Kay Klein

Linda discusses her book, PURE, with Terry Gross on Fresh Air.


Introducing the Break Free Together Soundscape–an inspirational audio collaboration between Linda Kay Klein and musician Didier Michel Sylvain. The 15-minute meditation features 12 stories of breaking free from purity culture and the silence and shame it engenders.

Elle Magazine speaks with Linda about what it’s like growing up in the Evangelical Purity Movement. Read the interview.

Mother Jones interviews Linda about her book, PURE. Read “The Evangelical Church’s Sex Shaming Meets a Fiery Reckoning in This New Memoir.”