Category Archives: Social Good

Jennifer Brea’s TED Talk, and Equality in Healthcare

19th January 2017

Women’s bodies are a battleground on all fronts, not just reproductive.

Jennifer Brea is the founder of #MEAction, a patients-rights platform for those who suffer from Myalgic Encephalomyelitis, and I’m proud to serve on the board. The disease is more commonly known as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, and it predominantly affects women. Many patients are diagnosed with a modern-day form of hysteria. Did you even know that was still a thing? “You’re a Harvard PhD student who can no longer write her own name? Perhaps you have the vapors.”

Infuriating.

Please plug in your headphones and listen to Jen’s talk. I can’t stop thinking about it.

If you’d like to know more, you can follow Jen on Twitter at @jenbrea, or see a screening of her documentary Unrest.

The Pussy Project

1st November 2016

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I’ve spent the last couple of weeks editing the interviews for Helena Price’s political series The Pussy Project. It’s fifty interviews with women who support Hillary Clinton’s bid for the presidency.

I’m so proud of the results, especially because the perfectionist in me was yelling “too fast! too fast!” while we worked. Here are excerpts from a few of my favorites, and links to each woman’s full interview:

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Lydia, 25
Software Engineer
Florida

“Hillary is being judged on the small number of mistakes she’s made gaining decades of experience, while her opponent is being judged on his potential despite no experience at all. It’s the same struggle women put up with every day. Our demonstrable experience is deemed less valuable than the unproven potential of a man.”

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Nadia, 31
Social Media Director
New York

“Because of this election, we’re talking about how we view women in power; we’re talking about the double standard; we’re talking about men interrupting women; we’re talking about so many problems that usually have a pink fence around them.”

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Arti, 35
Product Manager
Illinois

“I’ve served in the U.S. Army. I am a daughter of Indian immigrants. And I’ve been asked ‘what terrorist country are you from’ while walking down the street with my family.”

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Diana, 30
Designer/Veteran
Texas

“I joined the Marines out of high school. I went to war. I voted to re-elect President Bush so he could “finish what he started.” That little bit of anger that started on 9/11 was a part of me now, and I wanted someone or something to pay.”

“Mr. Trump is one man with his views. I’m more concerned about his many supporters who have helped pave the way to his rise, particularly those who take his view of the world to the extreme.”

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Abby, 25
Data Analyst
El Salvador/Utah

“My mom always had two or three jobs just to get me into a good school, and my dad worked from morning until night so that my brother could do sports in school, and I could be involved in after-school programs. Also so they could buy all the American Girl books I loved — I have always considered myself an American girl, I’ve never had another home-country.”

“Some of my earliest memories were with my parents, while they cleaned for businesses after they got home from their second or third jobs. I don’t believe they slept very much.”

More good interviews:

Evany
Alexandra
Darby
Emily
Michelle
Meghan
Rachel

If you’re having rough feelings about how things are going down politically, consider doing a little work toward the outcome you want to see. This project has made me feel better about this election than I have to this point.

Here’s to the first woman president of the United States of America.

Nasty Woman T-Shirts

19th October 2016

The debate made me feel panicky and furious. And so we registered I’m With Nasty.

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We made Nasty Woman T-shirts,

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and Nasty Hats,

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and Such a Nasty Woman pins,

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and Make America Nasty pins (Michelle’s idea, because she’s a genius).

50% of profits go to the Hillary for America campaign. We’re paying rush fees to get them to you as soon as we can. Let’s fight this man who thinks no one respects women… more than him.

America, I’m with Nasty.