I visited Thom Hartmann’s show to talk about my book, Becoming a Dangerous Woman recently. We discussed some of the ways in which the world is dangerous right now — especially for women and girls — and I told him why I believe that older women (and men) have the potential to become the most dangerous force for good in the world. Watch it here!
Looking for a new podcast to listen to? In recent weeks as part of my book tour, I've talked with several podcasters, including Robin Morgan at WMC Live, Virginia Prescott at Georgia Public Radio’s On Second Thought and Mary-Charlotte Domandi at Santa Fe New Mexican Radio Cafe about my new book, Becoming a Dangerous Woman.
I am so excited to share with you the lineup of speakers who will be joining us this year in Palm Springs from December 4th - 6th, 2019. And I'm pleased (and a little apprehensive!) to add that for the first time, I will be speaking from the TEDWomen stage as a speaker myself.
I had the pleasure of speaking with Santa Fe New Mexican Radio Cafe host Mary-Charlotte Domandi about my new book Becoming a Dangerous Woman this week. We talked about what it was like for myself and other women working in the 1970s and 1980s, the progress we’ve made, and the better outcomes we see when women are equal players in the workplace, in the boardroom and in politics.
Today's announcement from Melinda Gates that over the next 10 years she will be committing $1 billion to promote gender equality is one of those game-changing moments that activists dream about. Finally, a big bet on WOMEN! Equality can’t wait and we can’t play our part from the sidelines.
Last week, I wrote about some new books, podcasts and movies that I am excited about and wanted to share with you. So many of you expressed interest — and I had more recommendations than I had time to include — that I've chosen to write another posting this week with additional suggestions that are "musts" for the "must read/must listen/must watch" lists which fortunately are getting longer when it comes to women-led, women-written initiatives!
For the past few years, I've written an annual summer post about the books I'm reading. This summer however, nearly all of my free time was spent working on the final edits for my upcoming book, Becoming a Dangerous Woman, that is finally (!) off to the printing press. So here’s quick blog post highlighting some of the books (and movies, podcasts and gatherings) that I'm excited about reading, watching and visiting this fall.
Today is Women’s Equality Day. It's the day commemorating the 99th anniversary of the 19th Amendment. Let’s celebrate some of the truly dangerous women (in a good way!) who fought for our right to vote, including many who were left out of the history books. Thanks to several new museum exhibitions, these unsung heroes are finally getting their due.
These are dangerous times, but in such times, there is an opportunity for women to step up to these challenges. In my new book, 'Becoming a Dangerous Woman,' along with my personal stories from the frontlines of media as a journalist, documentary producer, executive and as an engaged advocate for greater representation, access and opportunity for all women, I talk with 15 women from around the world who are already leading this work.
This week marked the launch of the Connected Women Leaders Climate Declaration proving that “almost impossible” problems like climate are possible to solve. We invite all women (and men) to rise and to lead on climate justice by reading and signing on to the Declaration. Join us and spread the word about the #WomenLeadClimate initiative.
This week, my friend Lindsey Taylor Wood, founder and CEO of The Helm, launches a new curated online shop featuring exclusively female-founded products, brands and designers. For The Helm, it represents the next phase in a comprehensive approach to investing in women.
What’s possible when women leaders from around the world come together, listen and learn from each other, make connections and commit to actionable solutions? Read my dispatch from the Connected Women Leaders Forum that Ronda Carnegie and I convened in April at the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio conference center on Lake Como.
Legendary New Orleans chef Leah Chase passed away this week at the age of 96. Ms. Chase spent seven decades serving her signature gumbo and hospitality to everyone from Martin Luther King Jr. to James Baldwin to Barack Obama. In 2017, I had the absolute pleasure of interviewing her about her life’s work on the TEDWomen stage.
Titles are tricky — both the personal titles that often follow our names in an introduction and certainly, titles of books which, according to my book editor, can make all the difference in whether potential readers see value in what a title promises. I had an opportunity to go public with my new "title" of dangerous woman earlier this month as a commencement speaker at the University of Miami.
I had the absolute pleasure of interviewing CNN Chief International Anchor Christiane Amanpour last night at the Skoll World Forum in Oxford. I’ll share our entire conversation later, but here are a few video outtakes from social media.
This month, in partnership with The Rockefeller Foundation, I’m convening a women’s leadership forum at the Rockefeller conference center in Bellagio, Italy. Along with Ronda Carnegie, one of the TEDWomen co-founders, we’re gathering a group of women leaders from all over the world on the frontlines of change in culture, media, business, social enterprises and government.
If you know the history of this struggle, you know that an ERA amendment was passed by Congress in 1972. But in order for an amendment to become part of the Constitution, it needs three-fourths of the states to ratify it and that hasn’t happened yet. But momentum around ratification is building and may happen very soon.
One of anthropologist Margaret Mead’s most famous quotes instructs us to “never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world: indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” We might amend Mead’s observation to honor a group of thoughtful, committed teenagers across the world standing against climate change.
At SFF 2019, along with the most positive “buzz” I can remember about the films, the words often heard were “most diverse,” “most inclusive” — it was all that and more.
In an informative, bold TEDWomen talk, Project Drawdown author Katharine Wilkinson shares three key ways that empowering women and girls can help stop global warming. "Drawing down emissions depends on rising up," she says.
Last year, I had the privilege of attending Roar Africa's inaugural Roar & Restore Retreat. Roar Africa is a woman-owned and -led company that offers specially designed experiences that combine Africa’s best safaris with adventures not included on the usual tourist itineraries. Experiences that are designed with purpose to go deeper, connecting participants with local communities and good work.
One of my favorite quotes is from the British writer Gilbert Chesterton: “Thanks are the highest form of thought and gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.” My happiness is indeed doubled by the wonder-filled work that is creating change for individuals, communities and the small, fragile world we share.
As Congress became a lot more diverse and female earlier this month, our president lashed out at women of color in the press. Meanwhile, the women of the 2019 Congress got to work in Washington, redefining how representation works.
For too long gender has determined who holds the decision-making power in this country and around the world — and that needs to change. Here’s hoping that tomorrow is the start of something.
Earlier this week, I had the pleasure of interviewing Tom Hanks about his new collection of short stories, Uncommon Type: Some Stories as part of the MJCCCA Book Festival in Atlanta.
This week, I’m a guest on Veronica Dagher’s Wall Street Journal podcast talking about the importance of mentorship for women, my work with the Women's Media Center and the Sundance Institute, and my own career.
A new report from The Women’s Media Center analyzes the impact of the #MeToo movement rising on news coverage in the nation’s major newspapers. In Year Two, there’s room for improvement in how the media reports on sexual violence and survivors.
In her must-read new book, writer, activist and director of the Women’s Media Center Speech Project, Soraya Chemaly, explores why all of us — women and men, alike — are so uncomfortable with women expressing their anger and argues that women’s anger is one of the most powerful tools for creating lasting change.
This month, a film close to my heart comes to Netflix. City of Joy is the story of the profound resilience of the human spirit witnessing Congolese women's fierce will to reclaim hope, even when so much of what was meaningful to them has been stripped away.
Last month, I spoke with two activists, India’s ElsaMarie D’Silva and Agnes Igoye from Uganda, about the work that is being done to make women safer around the world. In this year of unprecedented attention to women, we are increasingly aware of their vulnerability to sexual violation, trafficking and other forms of abuse. Will we make those commitments?