Jessica Bennett

Author, Feminist Fight Club
Award-winning Journalist

Editor LeanIn.org, workplace inequality

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Biography

Jessica Bennett has spent much of her award-winning print and digital journalism career focusing a lens on the persistent issue of gender inequality in the workplace.

In her new book, Feminist Fight Club: An Office Survival Manual (HarperCollins), Bennett demonstrates how in this age of seemingly enlightened millennials, women still do not enjoy parity with men in many office environments.

Unlike the blatant discrimination of bygone eras, today's sexism is subtle, coded, and therefore "hard to call out." Bennett does call it out — and whether discussing negotiation skills or how to deal with Manterrupters (men who talk over women colleagues), she presents positive, inclusive strategies and tactics to fight patriarchy — not each other — and champion workplace equality.

Currently a columnist and feature writer for the New York Times, Bennett covers women’s issues and culture (she notably profiled Monica Lewinsky). She is a contributing editor at LeanIn.Org, the nonprofit founded by Sheryl Sandberg, where she is the cofounder and curator of the Lean In Collection — a partnership with Getty Images devoted to changing how women are depicted in stock photography.

Jessica’s work has also appeared in Newsweek, where she began her career as a staff writer, Time, where she was a columnist, and Cosmopolitan, where she helps edit a quarterly section on women and work.

Bennett’s work has been honored by the Society for Professional Journalists, the Newswomen’s Club of New York, GLAAD, and the International Center for Photography, and the New York Press Club. Her television appearances include The Today Show, MSNBC, and NBC New Year's Eve with Carson Daly; she has spoken at venues such as SXSW, MAKERS, and Cannes Lions.

Originally from Seattle, Washington, Bennett holds a B.S. in Print Journalism from Boston University. She belongs to an actual feminist fight club.

Books

Feminist Fight Club

An Office Survival Manual for a Sexist Workplace

Jessica Bennett

Debuted at No.3 on the Wall Street Journal bestseller list

Part manual, part manifesto, a humorous yet incisive guide to navigating subtle sexism at work — a pocketbook Lean In for the Buzzfeed generation that provides real-life career advice and humorous reinforcement for a new generation of professional women.

It was a fight club — but without the fighting and without the men. Every month, the women would huddle in a friend’s apartment to share sexist job frustrations and trade tips for how best to tackle them. Once upon a time, you might have called them a consciousness-raising group. But the problems of today’s working world are more subtle, less pronounced, harder to identify — and harder to prove — than those of their foremothers. These women weren’t just there to vent. They needed battle tactics. And so the fight club was born.

Hard-hitting and entertaining, Feminist Fight Club blends personal stories with research, statistics, and no-bulls--t expert advice. Bennett offers a new vocabulary for the sexist workplace archetypes women encounter everyday — such as the Manterrupter who talks over female colleagues in meetings or the Himitator who appropriates their ideas — and provides practical hacks for navigating other gender landmines in today’s working world. With original illustrations, Feminist Mad Libs, a Negotiation Cheat Sheet, and fascinating historical research, Feminist Fight Club tackles both the external (sexist) and internal (self-sabotaging) behaviors that plague women in the workplace — as well as the system that perpetuates them.

Harper Wave (September 6, 2016)

Topics

Jessica tailors each presentation to the needs of her audience and is not limited to the topics we have listed below. These are subjects that have proven valuable to customers in the past and are meant only to suggest her range and interests. Please ask us about any subject that interests you; we are sure that we can accommodate you.

Women & the workplace

Millennials

Feminism with a sense of humor

Journalism in the digital age

Internet culture / trends

Videos

Modern day sexism is more subtle and underground | Fusion