A Hollywood Masterclass In What Intersectional Feminism DOESN’T Look Like

A few days ago, the LA Times posted an article about a meeting of Hollywood ladies where they decided to have some real talk about inequality in the industry and the struggles that women face.  This meeting happened at Sundance, and ended up having a somewhat raw exchange about the challenges women working in the […]

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Because my Great Great Grandmother, Gorina Stensby Wheeler, saw her husband trade her daughter into marriage in exchange for livestock. Because Gorina had the courage to leave that husband, move to a new state, and set up a new life for her and her remaining children — all at a time when women Did. Not. Do. Those. Things. Because Gorina […]

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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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The Recognition Gap for Women in Academia

A lot has been written about why talented women aren’t advancing in academia the way their male colleagues are – including the heavy “baby penalty” paid by female academics.  But the gap we see in tenure rates between male and female faculty members can’t be explained by differences in family commitments or productivity alone.  New […]

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Oh, Canada!

The most remarkable thing about the make-up of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s cabinet is the attention its gender equity has garnered. Trudeau’s appointment of women to 15 of 30 seats is blowing up my social media. His response as to why he did it has practically positioned him the new Feminist Ryan Gosling. But—as […]

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The Voice of Authority

The summer after my senior year of high school, I volunteered for my local NPR station—my assignment was to do a piece on the water quality of Lake Erie (it’s absolutely fine… maybe stick to the pool).  I traveled around town collecting sound, conducting interviews; I was thrilled to use the editing equipment to put […]

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Combating Implicit Bias

Last year, Google unveiled a new initiative to combat implicit bias in the workplace. The initiative has garnered widespread interest in the wake of recent disclosures by several leading tech companies, including Google, regarding the diversity (or lack thereof) of their workforces—a problem my colleague Lizzy Gropman discussed last week. The concept of implicit or […]

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Bad Business: gender discrimination in small business loans

Many of my clients are highly educated, experienced professionals at the top of their industries who have prioritized and sacrificed for their careers—they’re hard workers and they’re really good at what they do.  Still, when gender discrimination in the workplace forces them out of the positions they’ve worked so hard to attain, one of the […]

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