Posts by Katherine Kimpel

Kate Kimpel is the Senior Editor of Shattering the Ceiling and is also an accomplished civil rights lawyer. She represents women and people of color in discrimination cases (and other kinds of employment and civil rights matters).  When not lawyering, she likely is bragging about her hound dog Ulysses, inventing cocktails to serve at her next dinner party, or convincing her husband to watch reruns of a Joss Whedon television show (any of them will do). 

Math Isn’t Pure: Algorithms Discriminate Against Women And POC

Algorithms — mathematical programs that create sets of rules to process and sort large amounts of information — are being used to scan applications for housing, employment, insurance and credit.  But those algorithms discriminate, or at least they can.* Cathy O’Neil — whose blog name mathbabe inspires instant fangirl love — recently published her book Weapons […]

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Female Federal Employees: Is The Government Treating Women Right?

Should the U.S. Government be the employer of choice for women looking to advance their careers? Are female federal employees better off than their corporate counterparts?  Today, the Washington Post released a study on compensation trends between men and women in various federal agencies, along with an opinion piece praising the opportunities for women in […]

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This Day In History: Iceland’s Women Stand Together

Today’s This Day In History celebrates Iceland’s women when, in 1975, ninety percent — 90% (!) of them — went on strike from LIFE — and struck a big win in the fight for equality.  They refused to engage in wife-ing and parenting and working and cleaning and cooking and caregiving.  They called it Women’s Day […]

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ElectHer Day Parties: Taking Full Advantage of November 8

Everyone!  It’s happening.  It’s really, REALLY happening.  People are already voting for Hillary in places where early voting exists.  See?  This is from my friend’s facebook earlier today: AAAGH! OMG!  I am SO excited.  And I know lots of you are too.  All of this got me thinking with my teacher brain.  This is an […]

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The Systemic Obstruction of HR and Compliance Officers in America

Earlier this week, the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights revealed that it is investigating Baylor University for violations of Title IX.  In light of what we’ve learned about cover-ed up rapes and other systemic Title IX failures revealed by a study commissioned by Baylor’s Board, this isn’t exactly surprising.  (It is, nonetheless, a big deal; the […]

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What’s A Feminist to Watch on TV These Days?

As the election season winds down and the last debate is finally over, what shows should make it onto a feminist tv list? And what is a feminist tv list anyways?   Evaluating a Show for the Feminist TV List My criteria* include considerations of whether it is: (a) made by women or featuring women who […]

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Technology, Policing and Our Brave New World: Why Feminists Should Care About Law Enforcement Facial Recognition Systems

The Report Yesterday, the Georgetown Law Center on Privacy and Technology released a report entitled “The Perpetual Line-Up: Unregulated Police Face Recognition in America.”  The report is based on a “year-long investigation and over 100 records requests to police departments around the country,” making it “the most comprehensive survey to date of law enforcement face […]

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Should We Thank Trump For Mainstreaming Feminism?

Today, Kate Harding, author of a range of feminist books including Asking For It: The Alarming Rise of Rape Culture and Lessons from the Fat-o-sphere: Quit Dieting and Declare a Truce with Your Body published an essay entitled: “A Reason to Thank Trump.”  In it, she listed out the surprising assortment of places and voices […]

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Why Are Female Law Partners Making 44% Less Than Men?

Female partners make only 56 cents on the dollar. How do we fix that?

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Trump’s Sex (Discrimination) Scandals Part Three: Criminal Sexual Assault All Over The Country

“If any investigation is going to yield evidence of criminally-prosecutable violations of a Presidential candidate, it’s investigations into Trump’s pattern of serial sexual assaults.”

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