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Jada Gomez: Celebrating #BlackJoy with Bustle

Jada Gomez: Celebrating #BlackJoy with Bustle

September 17, 2019

According to research undertaken by the non-profit firm Catalyst, the barriers facing Black women at work include things like more frequent questioning of their credibility and authority; and a lack of institutional support. Black women reported experiencing a “double outsider” status — unlike white women or Black men, who share gender or race in common with most colleagues or managers. Black women report exclusion from informal networks, and conflicted relationships with white women, amongst some of the challenges they face.

What can often make these challenges harder is the stereotypical prototype of Black women and limited range of stories shared in the media. This is why global media company Bustle launched the Black & Thriving package, which provides a platform for Black writers and editors to express the joy, heartwarming nostalgia, and the incredible honor that it is to be Black in America.

In this episode, you will hear from Jada Gomez, Executive Director at Bustle. Jada will share why Bustle is determined to celebrate Black Joy, and how each of us can support this important initiative.

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Liz Plank: Mindful Masculinity

Liz Plank: Mindful Masculinity

September 10, 2019

A study conducted by the Pew Research Center in 2018 shows that gender roles are alive and well today. These create a lot of challenges for women wanting to lead and advance in organizations, and for men — most of which never really get talked about.

That’s why, Liz Plank, an award-winning journalist and the Executive Producer of Divided States of Women at Vox Media and host of Facebook Watch’s Consider It has released her first book: For the Love of Men, which sets out a New Vision for Mindful Masculinity.

In this episode, Liz will share how being a man in the world needs to evolve, and why mindfully approaching gender is something that both women and men should be doing.

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Mika Brzezinski: Knowing Your Value

Mika Brzezinski: Knowing Your Value

September 3, 2019

We wanted to share one of our favorite episodes from 2018 featuring MSNBC’s Morning Joe, Mika Brzezinski. In 2012, Mika released her book entitled, “Knowing Your Value: Women, Money and Getting What You’re Worth”, a best-selling book that tackles one of the most important questions for women today: Why are we often overlooked and underpaid? In this episode, she shares with us practical and incredibly powerful advice on how women can achieve their deserved recognition and financial worth.

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Heather Penney: Kamikaze Mission on 9/11

Heather Penney: Kamikaze Mission on 9/11

August 28, 2019

First Lieutenant Heather “Lucky” Penney graduated from Purdue University, majoring in literature. She’d planned on being a teacher. But when combat aviation was opened up to women, Heather immediately signed up.

On September 11, 2001, Heather was attending a briefing when they were told that an airplane hit the World Trade Center. That was the moment that changed Heather's life, as she was assigned to bring down Flight 93 in a kamikaze mission.

In this extended episode, Heather will share her story, what it means to be brave and why every single person has the capacity to be a hero.

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Dr. Charlotte Webb: The Feminist Internet

Dr. Charlotte Webb: The Feminist Internet

August 20, 2019

Dr. Charlotte Webb founded the Feminist Internet, a non-profit organization on a mission to make the internet a more equal space for women and other marginalized groups.

Many of society’s inequalities are encoded in the internet’s structures, processes and communities. Examples are online abuse against women on digital platforms, lack of workforce diversity in the tech sector, or biased data collection reinforcing privileges.

In this episode, Charlotte will share how the Feminist Internet is tackling these issues through a range of initiatives like building a feminist Alexa, educating people on artificial intelligence bias and raising awareness of gender inequality in technology.

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Kweighbaye Kotee: Pushing Diversity in Films

Kweighbaye Kotee: Pushing Diversity in Films

August 13, 2019

Films are a powerful way to tell stories and raise awareness of the diverse experiences people have in life. But there is one problem: Female filmmakers are consistently underrepresented across all sectors of the international industry.

Kweighbaye Kotee, founder of the Bushwick Film Festival is determined to tackle this issue. The Bushwick Film Festival was founded over 12 years ago in Brooklyn, New York. What started out as a small community event is now an established film festival.

Born in Liberia, Kweighbaye recently teamed up with the Accountability Lab to co-produce the Reel Peace Film Festival in Liberia. In partnership with the United Nations Peacebuilding Fund, the project is a two-day festival featuring short films created by 45 local Liberian women.

In this episode, Kweighbaye will share why gender inequality in the entertainment industry is a global issue, and what each of us can do to solve it.

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Valerie Jarrett: The Path Forward

Valerie Jarrett: The Path Forward

August 6, 2019

Valerie Jarrett served for eight years as a senior advisor to President Barack Obama. In her New York Times bestselling book “Finding My Voice: My Journey to the West Wing and the Path Forward,” Valerie recounts her early life and later experiences in the White House.

In July 1991, Valerie interviewed a promising young lawyer named Michelle Robinson for a role in Chicago city government. At the time, neither of them knew that it was their first step on a path towards the White House.

In this episode, you’ll hear from Valerie about her time in the Obama Administration and her remarkable journey with finding her voice through her work — from ensuring equality for women and girls, advancing civil rights, reforming our criminal justice system and improving the lives of working families.

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Lesley Sackey: A Champion’s Mindset

Lesley Sackey: A Champion’s Mindset

July 30, 2019

Women have participated in boxing for almost as long as the sport has existed. However, female fights have been effectively outlawed for most of boxing's history, with athletic commissioners refusing to sanction or issue licenses to women boxers, and most nations officially banning the sport.

The boxing industry is rife with gender bias and sexism, with the imposition of “gender-based” uniforms (wearing of skirts during competition) as an example. On today’s episode, we'll be hearing from Lesley Sackey, boxer for Great Britain and Co-Founder of WEBOX, an organization that supports employee development by applying the principles of boxing. Lesley will share her journey on becoming a boxer, why the sport needs more women and how each of us can develop a champion’s mindset.

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Busy Philipps: A Woman’s Right to Choose

Busy Philipps: A Woman’s Right to Choose

July 23, 2019

On June 4, Busy Philipps actress, author and host of the talk show "Busy Tonight" testified in Congress about her experience having an abortion at the age of 15. The testimony is part of her condemnation of the new extreme abortion restrictions in states like Alabama, Louisiana, Georgia, Ohio, Kentucky, Mississippi, and Missouri. During her testimony, Busy also detailed the widespread nature of abortions and the impact these bans would have on women’s health.

According to Guttmacher Institute, a reproductive health research center, one in four American women will have an abortion before age 45. Today, Busy is asking women who have had abortions to tell their stories as part of a push against anti-abortion legislation being considered and enacted in a number of states.

In this episode, we'll be hearing from Busy on her testimony, personal experience and what each of us can do to advocate for a woman’s right to choose.

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Michelle Cowan and Nicole O’ Keefe: Women Working In Male Dominated Industries (Part 2)

Michelle Cowan and Nicole O’ Keefe: Women Working In Male Dominated Industries (Part 2)

July 16, 2019

The 2019 Women in the Workplace report states that women who are a numerical minority at work are more likely to experience microaggressions, exclusionary behavior and an increased pressure to perform. They are also twice as likely to have been sexually harassed during the course of their career. In Part 2 of our "Women Working In Male Dominated Industries" series, we have the pleasure of hearing from Nicole O' Keefe, Electrician and Board Chair at TradeUP Australia, and Michelle Cowan, an Australian Football League High Performance Coach.

In the episode, Nicole and Michelle will share how they developed the passion for their careers and the challenges they have faced as women working in male dominated fields.

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