The Abortion Fight and Gerri Santoro

by Julie Graber | on 1 Jan 2020

If you don’t know who Gerri Santoro was, you might want to wait before Googling her name. But everyone should know her story.

Gerri’s infamy comes not from her life but how she died — alone in a hotel room, naked, crouched on the floor with a bloody towel between her legs, bleeding out from an illegal and unsafe abortion in 1964. Her death was documented in a crime scene photo published in Ms. Magazine in 1973.

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Moms Need Not Apply

by Julie Graber | on 5 Dec 2019

The Miss World organization says that only single, childless women can handle the rigors of Miss World’s hectic schedule. The world cannot survive if the only people who can be leaders are men and women who aren’t moms. And if we’re going to realize my dream of a world where half of our leaders are women, we’re going to need to make room for moms at the table.

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Kay Hagan and Senate Pool

by Julie Graber | on 29 Oct 2019

Among her many accomplishments, Sen. Kay Hagan scored one small splash for women in the Senate pool.

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Why the Rooney Rule Isn't Enough

by Julie Graber | on 14 Oct 2019

NYC’s comptroller wants big businesses to commit to the Rooney Rule for board and CEO searches. But research shows that a single diverse candidate on a slate has little hope of being successful. It takes two, researchers tell us - two women or two minorities - to disrupt the bias about who will be the right candidate for the job and open up opportunities for women and minorities to advance.

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Systemic Bias: From the Classroom to the Boardroom

by Julie Graber | on 13 Sep 2019

Two great reads on systemic bias from Paolo Gaudiano: it starts in the classroom and follows women all the way to the boardroom. When metrics of success are based on male strengths and norms, there is little room to value what women bring to the table. This is a failure of our systems and practices, not the women whose careers may suffer the consequences.

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The Real Problem: Systemic Bias

by Julie Graber | on 29 Aug 2019

Implicit or unconscious bias has gotten a great deal of attention in the diversity and inclusion circles over the past couple of years. The jury is still out, though, as to whether or not training is the way to fix the problem. There is a bias, however, that we can do something about. That bias is systemic bias.

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Going Public with an All-Male Board

by Julie Graber | on 15 Aug 2019

WeWork is just the latest in a long line of firms who have filed for an IPO with an all-male board. Attempts to explain it away by pointing the the venture capital firms who funded the start-up is no excuse - going public means asking a much broader group of shareholders to invest in the firm - shareholders who have a right to have representation at the board table.

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On the Likability of Political Candidates

by Julie Graber | on 12 Aug 2019

I was reminded of Judith Butler’s work on gender as a social construction while reading Rebecca Solnit’s Unconscious Bias is Running for President and Ella Nilsen’s “Likability” ratings in a recent New Hampshire poll show just how tough female candidates have it in the space of an afternoon.

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The Untested Rape Kits - What Happened Next

by Julie Graber | on 8 Aug 2019

Remember the backlog of untested rape kits reported in the news a number of years ago? This article provides an in-depth look at what has happened in the wake of this scandal.

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Do Men Mentor More Than Women?

by Julie Graber | on 5 Aug 2019

There are many reasons why the answer might be yes, including the percentage of mid-to-senior managers who are men, the demands on women’s time, and the way women network. But there may be another factor influencing our perceptions: our expectation that women will be supportive and nurturing may keep us from seeing all of the mentoring that women do.

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