“Can we halt this epidemic once again? Of course, or at least the dangers can be greatly reduced. But of the more than a million Americans who are infected with HIV (there are fifty thousand new cases a year), many have no decent health care, and nearly a third are not even aware they are infected. Racism, homophobia, and poverty continue to drive much of the epidemic. Minorities have the highest infection levels and are least likely to have access to satisfactory medical attention or drug treatments. Obamacare will help, but how fast or how well, nobody yet knows. This should be repulsive to us all; those people need education immediately, but there is little public funding available to teach young gay African-American men how to have sex with each other safely. That’s the society we seem to have become.”—“What Young Gay Men Don’t Know About AIDS,” by Michael Specter in the New Yorker. This is an important piece, and warning.
“If you’re a woman in a roomful of men and you bring in the coffee and the pastries, you’re the secretary. If you’re a women in a roomful of women and you bring in the coffee and the pastries, you own the room.”—- Lea Goldman, Features & Special Projects Director at Marie Claire magazine (in conversation, just now)
Male writers tend to get asked what they think and women what they feel.
In my experience, and that of a lot of other women writers, all of the questions coming at them from interviewers tend to be about how lucky they are to be where they are – about luck and identity and how the idea struck them. The interviews much more seldom engage with the woman as a serious thinker, a philosopher, as a person with preoccupations that are going to sustain them for their lifetime.
Later, when chatting with Christiane Amanpour, we complimented her on the way she recently handled her fellow panelists on Anderson Cooper’s CNN show when discussing potential U.S. military action against Syria. At the time, blogger Andrew Sullivan told her she was getting too emotional, and Amanpour had responded, “It’s not emotion—this is history coming out.”
“I wish you’d had more women on the panel with you,” we told her. In response, Amanpour rolled her eyes and said, “I’m always the only woman.”
In the past month alone, the tech industry has seen a string of headlines that talk of men pushing misogynistic apps or taking a crude tack when discussing women on Twitter. Rachel Sklar, an entrepreneur who has co-founded two organizations—Change the Ratio and TheLi.st—that seek to shine a light on women in tech and media, saThanks id stories like these validate the work she does. She recently spoke to Adweek about how inclusiveness and diversity are business assets.
Thanks to David Taintor of Adweek for the great interview about Change The Ratio and TheLi.st!
If there’s one thing I hate in this world, it’s this crazy myth that women are inherently catty and horrible to each other. I REALLY think this is an exception, and, NOT the norm. Unfortunately, The Real Housewives shows everyone another story. Here’s my story.
Echoes my sentiments exactly. (And it’s why we started #CTRComedy at SXSW - we’ll bring it back this year.) See also our panel on The Female Funny from SXSW 2011, which was fantastic.
It is unfortunate for John Huey, Martin Nisenholtz and Paul Sagan that they released their report, “Riptide: What Really Happened to the News Business,” on the same day that two Australian hackers presented an app on the TechCrunch Disrupt Hackathon stage called “Titstare.”
Meet Pax Dickinson. He’s the Chief Technology Officer at Business Insider, a fast growing tech news website. The CTO is a pretty high-level position. They are pretty much responsible for the technology side of a business.
Along with being the CTO of a large web company, Pax Dickinson just happens…
Yahoo News has tapped Megan Liberman, deputy news editor of The New York Times, to be our new editor in chief. She will lead a major expansion of Yahoo News, bringing in new voices and defining features for the site. She will focus primarily on original reporting, social news gathering, video…
People say “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know.” But what if you don’t know anyone? What if you didn’t go to the right school? What if you’re so outside the club, you didn’t even know there *was* a club? As much as social media has erased barriers and made it feel like we’re all part of one big happy tweet-party, in many ways other barriers have been reinforced - the kind that require “a warm intro” or invitations to inner circles or forwarded emails of job openings kept on private networks. It’s hard enough to find the gates - then you have to get past the gatekeepers. There are “ways to do things” - and then there are the ways to get around those ways. Rachel Sklar and Nilofer Merchant have been there, and know that in order to beat the system, you have to know how it works. (Also, they’re impatient for the system to change.) This presentation will identify the natural defaults that favor privilege - so that you can blow them up.
1. What’s the best way to leverage your friends - and their friends - for professional enhancement and advancement?
2. …without seeming opportunistic & shady?
3. How can you identify and reach out to gatekeepers?
4. How can you establish authentic relationships with gatekeepers (or the gatekeepers to those gatekeepers, i.e., their assistants)?
5. 50% of the workforce is fluid - the era of staying in a job for years and years is long gone. What are the best ways to build a solid, reliable network in the gig economy?
For your consideration - SXSW 2014. Vote here. #changetheratio
Rachel Sklar is a writer, speaker & sometime performer based in New York. She has performed in musical, comedy and musical comedy shows at Joe’s Pub, Sixth & I, Caroline’s, UCB, SXSW, 54 Below, 92nd St. Y uptown and downtown, and Second City Toronto and has been honored to perform in great shows including the Rejection Show, Ritalin Readings, Good For The Jews and the Alanis-themed You Oughta Know. Onscreen, she cameo’d in the critically-acclaimed web series Leap Year and won Best Actress in the 2004 24-Hour Movie Festival in her category, which was “Western,” but it’s completely un-Googleable so you’ll have to just trust that she wouldn’t make up something that random. Even more random: she once recorded four club/dance tracks in Sweden. She was also briefly but memorably a waitress at Marie’s Crisis in NYC’s West Village, where she was Audrey to many a Seymour. Before all that she was a lawyer, and before that she was Head of Drama at Camp Winnebagoe in the heart of Huntsville, Ontario, where she is most proud of adapting Grease 2 for the stage. She’s met Sondheim but he wouldn’t remember because she was unable to speak.
Most of the people who know Rachel from her day job, which she is not planning to quit, have no clue about any of this. (They thought this was an anomaly.) Those people know her as a writer on media, politics, tech and culture and the co-founder of TheLi.st, a network & media platform for awesome women. (She and her cofounder named the parent company after The Sound of Music.) She was a founding editor at the Huffington Post and is currently the co-host of “The Salon" on The Jewish Channel (check local listings!) and is a frequent guest across various cable channels, with varying degrees of makeup. Follow her on Twitter & Instagram at @rachelsklar, and sing showtunes with her anytime.
From Cory Booker's speech today at the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington
"Please allow me to speak to those like myself who were not even alive when the March on Washington happened. My father when I was growing up said it very simply. When I used to walk around the community, walk around our home, he used to say, ‘Boy, don’t you dare walk around here like you hit a triple, ‘cause you were born on third base. You are enjoying freedoms, opportunities ,technology - things that were given to you bought by the struggles and sacrifices and the work of those who came before. Don’t you forget where you come from. You drink deeply from wells of freedom and liberty and opportunity that you did not dig. You eat lavishly from banquet tables prepared for you by your ancestors.’ We in my generation can not now afford to sit back, consuming all of our blessings, getting dumb fat and happy, thinking that we have achieved freedom."