Contributing Editor, "The New York Times" | Author, "Feminist Fight Club" and "This Is 18" | Award-winning Journalist
Jessica Bennett has spent much of her award-winning journalism career focusing a gender lens on everyday social trends — from the persistence of workplace inequality for women to rise of stay-at-home dads to the ripple effects of #MeToo.
In 2017, Jessica was named the New York Times’ Gender Editor, leading a newsroom-wide, cross-platform initiative to elevate coverage of women and gender. She is the creator of the "Overlooked"series, which provides long-overdue obituaries to historic women who never received them and is being adapted for Hollywood. She hosted the Times’ very first women’s conference, The New Rules Summit, which gathered 250 of the boldest leaders across industries to consider the question: What stands in the way of greater strides by women at work?
She has helped steer the paper’s ongoing coverage of #MeToo, launched new products and columns, and oversaw the production of #ThisIs18,a photography initiative and social media campaign to showcase the lives of 18-year-old girls around the world that Bennett has since adapted into a book by the same name. She is also an industry leader in thinking about ways that media outlets can be more representative in their coverage — in everything from bylines to sourcing to photography.
Jessica is the author of the international bestselling book, Feminist Fight Club: A Survival Manual for aSexist Workplace — a witty and hilarious manual for navigating persistent gender bias in even the most enlightened workplaces.Impeccably reported and with a deep reliance on social science research, Jessica provides practical strategies to push back against everyday sexism — as well as colorful terms with which to identify the behaviors (who hasn't experienced a "manterrupter"?). Feminist Fight Club has been translated into a dozen languages, a podcast, and is being adapted for television.
Jessica's writing has appeared in a variety of outlets, including Vogue,Newsweek, TIME, Cosmopolitan and of course, the New York Times, where she's covered campus life, wrote a column on internet language, and has profiled Monica Lewinsky, PaulaBroadwell and Ellen Pao.
Originally from Seattle,Washington, Bennett holds a B.S. in Print Journalism from BostonUniversity. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and dog.
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