Author and fertility activist Rachel Lehman-Haupt spent years writing about reproductive technology, but always assumed she’d have a child the old-fashioned way. Then her path led her to taking her reproductive destiny into her own hands. Hear our conversation about her adventures in procreation that led her to writing her book, In Her Own Sweet Time: Egg Freezing and the New Frontiers of Family.Read More
Refugees literally sacrifice everything to keep their families safe and to start a new life. Christina Psarra gives up everything to help them. The only thing she knows for months at a time is the arrival of refugee after refugee after refugee.
So what’s left over for her? The other side of the refugee story is the stress for the aid workers and their 24/7 schedule. And with Christina putting so much of herself into her work, what does it take not to burn out and what keeps her coming back? Listen to our conversation.Read More
As national organizers for The Women’s March and leaders of The Resistance Revival Chorus, artist activists Paola Mendoza and Sarah Sophie Flicker see their purpose as connecting fellow members of The Resistance to the moments of joy and transcendence that come with being a part of history in the making. They walk in the footsteps of the Nina Simone’s and Joan Baez’s and Aretha Franklin’s of the world--the artists who helped to fuel the Civil Rights movement by nourishing the souls of the people who marched for freedom.
And if there was ever a time when we need to consistently keep our souls replenished for the fight against injustice, it would be now.
Hear how Paola Mendoza and Sarah Sophie Flicker use the power of art and culture in activism, what they learned in documenting The Women’s March for the newly released book, Together We Rise, and how you can participate in the 2018 Women's March.
And tell us how you found your voice in 2017 and what you are going to do with it in 2018, on our Facebook page!
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As more and more women graduate from college and even surpass their male peers in levels of education, men are finding other means for achieving career success. Nancy Niemi, Director of Faculty Teaching Initiatives at Yale questions the conventional wisdom that college is a path to gender equality. Women now need more degrees than ever just to compete because in spite of all this education, institutional sexism is still prevalent. Her new book is Degrees of Difference.
Do you need to be superhuman to accomplish everything you wanted to do in life when you were a teenager? According to Bonny Simi, Olympian, sports reporter, airline pilot and JetBlue Technology Ventures' President, you don’t need to have superpowers--you just have to make friends with failure. Hear how one woman has turned a list she made when she was 14 into a lifetime of barrier-breaking achievements.
From her childhood as a self-confessed gaming nerd to her career as an engineering-inspired artist (or is it art-inspired engineer?), Suz Somersall has made a life of her own design. She's now the founder of KiraKira, a learning program that makes girls feel confident and excited about creating new products using 3D printing, design-thinking and STEAM concepts. This week on "Inflection Point," Suz shares how, despite a career full of pivots, one's life can ultimately lead in the same direction all along.Read More
Jessica Jin led the protests against the campus carry gun law at University of Texas at Austin last fall by, as she says, "fighting absurdity with absurdity." Find out more about her campaign, #cocksnotglocks.
Cristi Hegranes was a foreign correspondent who decided to stop being the voice for the people she was reporting on and instead train women in their own countries to be journalists for themselves when she founded Global Press Institute. What happens to the story when you change the storyteller? Find out in our conversation.
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What's YOUR rising up story?
In the spirit of changing the storyteller, we've created a pinned post on the Inflection Point Facebook Page where you can share your own rising up story--or the rising up story of a woman in your life--a mother, sister, friend or neighbor-- that you think needs to be told.
A rising up story is any story that tells of a challenge specific to your experience as a woman, and what you’ve done--or are doing--to not only overcome it for yourself, but what you've learned that can make a difference in the lives of others.
Let’s make the Inflection Point community a place to amplify ALL of our stories.
This fall, I was invited to moderate a panel for a conference put on by Women In Product, a non-profit formed to create a strong community of women builders and leaders in the tech industry. My panel included four female founders of technology companies: Cheryl Contee of Fission Strategy, Heather Fernandez of Solv, Selina Tobaccowala of Gixo and Aarthi Ramamurthy of Lumoid.
You’ll hear what surprised each of them about starting a company, the pros and cons of running a company while female, from leadership style to sexual harassment and gender bias–and ultimately as business-people what it takes to scale.