Jessica Bennett
Contributing Editor, "The New York Times" | Author, "Feminist Fight Club" and "This Is 18" | Award-winning Journalist
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JessicaBennett has spent much of her award-winning journalism careerfocusing a gender lens on everyday social trends — from thepersistence of workplace inequality for women to rise of stay-at-homedads to the ripple effects of #MeToo.

In 2017, Jessica wasnamed The New York Times’ Gender Editor, leading anewsroom-wide, cross-platform initiative to elevate coverage of womenand gender. She is the creator of the "Overlooked"series, which provides long-overdue obituaries to historic women whonever received them and is being adapted for Hollywood. She hostedThe Times’ very first women’s conference, The New RulesSummit, which gathered 250 of the boldest leaders across industriesto consider the question: What stands in the way of greater stridesby women at work?

She has helped steer the paper’songoing coverage of #MeToo, launched new products and columns, andoversaw the production of #ThisIs18,a photography initiative and social media campaign to showcase thelives of 18-year-old girls around the world that Bennett has sinceadapted into a book by the same name. She is also an industry leaderin thinking about ways that media outlets can be more representativein their coverage — in everything from bylines to sourcing tophotography.

Jessica is the author of the internationalbestselling book, Feminist Fight Club: A Survival Manual for aSexist Workplace — a witty and hilarious manual for navigatingpersistent gender bias in even the most enlightened workplaces.Impeccably reported and with a deep reliance on social scienceresearch, Jessica provides practical strategies to push back againsteveryday sexism — as well as colorful terms with which to identifythe behaviors (who hasn't experienced a "manterrupter"?).Feminist Fight Club has been translated into a dozenlanguages, a podcast, and is being adapted for television.

Jessica'swriting has appeared in a variety of outlets, including Vogue,Newsweek, TIME, Cosmopolitan and of course, TheNew York Times, where she's covered campus life, wrote a columnon 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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