Khalida Brohi

Khalida Brohi was a teenager when she learned that her uncle had murdered her cousin to restore his family's honor. Her cousin's crime: falling in love with a boy who she wasn't betrothed to marry. Since 2008, Khalida Brohi has been working to end honor killings and domestic violence in the indigenous communities of Pakistan. Her work has led to raising awareness abroad and at home and pressuring the Pakistani government to close loopholes in the law that allowed men to get away with the murder and violence against women in the name of honor. She also works in the villages to change the mindsets of men like her uncle and women like her grandmother. People whose dignity she must respect while helping them loosen the grip honor has had upon their sense of worth. Listen to my conversation with Khalida Brohi, author of I Should Have Honor in a special episode, recorded at the Women Lit event in San Francisco. And when you're done, come on over to The Inflection Point Society, our Facebook group of everyday activists who seek to make extraordinary change through small, daily actions. While you're here, subscribe to "Inflection Point" to get more stories of how women rise up right in your feed.

How tyrants rise to power, "Divide and Conquer" filmmaker Alexis Bloom

Fox News has paid out hundreds of millions of dollars to silence women who were sexually harassed and assaulted while working there. The story of former Fox News President Roger Ailes' rise to power and eventual downfall is the story of enablers: people who are willing to look the other way when a predator abuses people, and who are willing to step in and muzzle the victims he leaves in his wake. This story is still happening every day. How do tyrants win such undying loyalty from others? And what will it take to refuse to stand by and let powerful men get away with anything they want? Listen to my conversation with Alexis Bloom, the filmmaker behind the award-winning documentary, Divide & Conquer: The Story of Roger Ailes. And when you're done...consider a contribution, click here. Join The Inflection Point Society, our Facebook group of everyday activists making extraordinary change here.

106: The reality of rising up: patriarchy is the problem, not men

After asking the question all season: "Does all this female empowerment we're striving for really lead to actual power?" The kind of power that puts women in charge of our bodies, our workplaces, our laws, and our futures... And asking people working in politics, business, tech and media who have a lot to say about empowerment to weigh in on these questions, I have an answer--sort of! Spoiler alert: the answers they gave led to more questions. But really, really important questions. Listen to this season wrap-up to find out what needs to happen next in the quest for equality. And when you're done, come on over to The Inflection Point Society, our Facebook group of everyday activists who seek to make extraordinary change through small, daily actions. Subscribe to "Inflection Point" to get more stories of how women rise up right in your feed on Apple Podcasts, RadioPublic, Stitcher and NPROne. (Please note, this episode was marked explicit because there are three unbleeped swear words.)

"Put down your male fragility": Scene On Radio's John Biewen & Celeste Headlee

What's going on with men? Why is it so hard to negotiate the gender power dynamic in everyday situations, like work meetings? Can masculinity exist without its more toxic forms? And why can men get away with sexual misconduct---and even end up seeming like the "real" victim when they're accused? While I've taken this season of Inflection Point to focus on what women can do to rise up and have more power, John Biewen and Celeste Headlee of the podcast Scene on Radio - MEN have been examining how the patriarchy that we're rising up against was formed in the first place--and what to do about it. Today we're taking a look at the conversations we've had over the past seasons of both shows and comparing notes to see if we can find some answers--together. After you've listened, come on over to The Inflection Point Society, our Facebook group of everyday activists who seek to make extraordinary change through small, daily actions. Subscribe to "Inflection Point" to get more stories of how women rise up right in your feed. And help us meet our goal of 100 monthly supporters at patreon.com/inflectionpoint. This episode is brought to you by StoryWorth. StoryWorth makes it easy and fun for your loved ones to share their stories. Visit storyworth.com/ Inflection for $20 off, when you subscribe.

"Put down your male fragility": Scene On Radio's John Biewen & Celeste Headlee

More than power poses: why self-empowerment is a myth and what we can do instead - Ruth Wh...

Author Ruth Whippman has been studying the self-improvement industry for years. She's come to the conclusion that empowerment feminism is, well, BS. According to Ruth, systemic change doesn't come from trendy girl-power t-shirts or aspirational Instagram quotes. In fact, Ruth thinks the conceit that women could make equality happen if we just...empowered ourselves more shifts the blame for a system of injustice to individuals with the least power to effect change. So how women are supposed to get power if we can't simply take it for ourselves? I sat down with Ruth to gain some perspective on this whole question of empowerment---and what exactly needs to change for empowerment to lead to power. Ruth Whippman is the author of "America the Anxious. How Our Pursuit of Happiness Is Creating a Nation of Nervous Wrecks." After you've listened, come on over to The Inflection Point Society, our Facebook group of everyday activists who seek to make extraordinary change through small, daily actions. Subscribe to "Inflection Point" to get more stories of how women rise up right in your feed. Thanks to support from our sponsor StoryWorth—preserve your family history! Save $20 when you subscribe at storyworth.com/inflection. Help us reach our goal of 100 Patrons—for as low as $4/month. Contribute at patreon.com/inflectionpoint.

More than power poses: why self-empowerment is a myth and what we can do instead - Ruth Wh...

"Algorithms of Oppression" - Dr. Safiya Noble on the embedded misogyny and racism of search engines

Dr. Safiya Noble was studying Library Science when an academic colleague suggested she google "black girls." The top search results were images that perpetuated negative stereotypes, misogyny and exploitation. That discovery was the beginning of an investigation that eventually became Safiya's book, "Algorithms of Oppression: How Search Engines Reinforce Racism". Immediate access to powerful search engines is seen as an empowering force in this world, but what if our reliance on search engines is perpetuating oppressive ideas and hateful ideologies--even swaying elections? Find out in this episode. And when you're done, come on over to The Inflection Point Society, our Facebook group of everyday activists who seek to make extraordinary change through small, daily actions. Subscribe to "Inflection Point" to get more stories of how women rise up right in your feed! Thank you to our sponsor Zulily. Go to zulily.com/inflection in November for an extra 20% off clothes, decor and more when you sign up.

"Algorithms of Oppression" - Dr. Safiya Noble on the embedded misogyny and racism of search engines

There Is No Peak Fury - Rebecca Traister, Author of "Good And Mad: The Revolutionary Power...

There's a reason that women are angry. Since the founding of this country, we have been faced with men in power who are set on shutting us down, and shutting us out. Revolutionary fury isn't just for the founding fathers. And ladies, even though we've been stewing in our ever-growing anger for the past 242 years, we have just begun to fight. Listen to my conversation with Rebecca Traister, the New York Times Bestseller, Good and Mad: The Revolutionary Power of Women's Anger. This conversation was recorded live in Berkeley, CA on October 10th, 2018 as part of Women Lit, in collaboration with the Bay Area Book Festival. Want to show your support for Inflection Point? Here are few ways: Financial: Go to inflectionpointradio.org/contribute. Emotional: Come on over to The Inflection Point Society, our Facebook group of everyday activists who seek to make extraordinary change through small, daily actions. Sensational: Subscribe to "Inflection Point" and give us a 5 star review!

There Is No Peak Fury - Rebecca Traister, Author of "Good And Mad: The Revolutionary Power...

Running For Office In the Era of #MeToo: Minnesota State Representative Erin Maye Quade

At age 32, Minnesota State Representative Erin Maye Quade is positioned to be at the forefront of a wave of progressive political leaders representing a new generation of voters. She made history while running in the Twin Cities suburbs as a deeply progressive, biracial, openly queer, anti-gun violence, anti-racist, pro-social justice candidate. There's no doubt she'll rise high and go far. The question is: as an unprecedented amount of women run for office and have a good chance of winning, will the powers that be yield to the kind of change politicians like Erin will bring to office? Or will they double down and fight dirty?

Running For Office In the Era of #MeToo: Minnesota State Representative Erin Maye Quade

Death by Diversity Initiative & The Myth of Meritocrac - Dr. Barbara Adams

Organizational psychologist Dr. Barbara Adams says there is transformational power for everyone in diversity and inclusivity, but initiatives like employee training days and inclusive hiring aren't enough. What we need, says Dr. Adams, is a fundamental shift in mindset about our implicit biases and how they affect every aspect of organizations, from what's on the walls, to hiring practices and beyond. And the goal shouldn't be to eliminate biases, but to acknowledge them and to do the work to ensure that there's more than one kind of bias in the room when decisions are being made. Listen to my conversation with Dr. Barbara Adams, author of the new book "Women, Minorities and Other Extraordinary People" to see what's broken about current organizational diversity initiatives and what we can do to create a workplace that works for all of us. And when you're done, come on over to The Inflection Point Society, our Facebook group of everyday activists who seek to make extraordinary change through small, daily actions. Subscribe to "Inflection Point" to get more stories of how women rise up right in your feed on Apple Podcasts, RadioPublic, Stitcher and NPROne. Thank you to our sponsor, care/of! Get 25% OFF your first month of personalized daily vitamins at takecareof.com when you enter INFLECTION at checkout.

Death by Diversity Initiative & The Myth of Meritocrac - Dr. Barbara Adams

A Boardroom Of Our Own - Julia Rhodes Davis, Vote.org and The Partnership on AI

Ask any woman who's sat through a long meeting surrounded by men, and she could tell you how exhausting it can be: we struggle to make ourselves heard while carefully avoiding accusations of being 'bitchy,' 'strident,' or 'shrill.' We rarely have the kind of permission to fail that our male counterparts get. We want to take ownership of what little power is tossed our way, yet we're always at risk of being punished for wielding such power. Which is why Julia Rhodes Davis decided to form an all-women board for her non-profit, Vote.org. The question is, can the empowerment that takes place in an all-women board meeting translate into actual, world-changing power once they step outside the boardroom? Listen to my conversation with Julia Rhodes, Chair of Vote.org and Director of The Partnerships for Artificial Intelligence. Find out what Julia has to say about turning empowerment into power, and also shaping the future so women and minorities don't need to be "empowered" anymore. (All views are her own. As they should be!) And when you're done, come on over to The Inflection Point Society, our Facebook group of everyday activists who seek to make extraordinary change through small, daily actions. Subscribe to "Inflection Point" to get more stories of how women rise up right in your feed. Thank you to care/of for their support! Get 25% OFF your first month of personalized daily vitamins at takecareof.com when you enter INFLECTION at checkout.

A Boardroom Of Our Own - Julia Rhodes Davis, Vote.org and The Partnership on AI

Inflection Point Season 8 Trailer: "Empowerment"

It's 2018 and women are more empowered than ever. But how do we turn that into actual power? We're living in the era of the Women's March, #MeToo, the surge of women in politics and t-shirts proclaiming "the future is female." Then again, Roe vs Wade is under threat of being overturned, confessed sexual harassers get standing ovations at comedy clubs, and female political candidates of all parties are threatened and harassed on a daily basis. This season, the podcast Inflection Point with Lauren Schiller is taking a journey into the whole "empowerment" thing and how that turns into actual power. Lauren will go way past the buzzwords, asking questions like: How did we get to the double standards women live with today? Are women-only spaces preparing women for leadership... or are they keeping women cloistered? Is there a place in the world where women, especially women of color, genuinely have power without living on the margins? And explore what's possible when women are really in charge... And what can go wrong... Check out the new season of *Inflection Point with Lauren Schiller *from KALW and PRX. And subscribe! inflectionpointradio.org

A Brief But Spectacular Conversation - Special Live Episode

After Brief But Spectacular creator Steve Goldbloom filmed 94-year-old retired English teacher Flossie Lewis and "Black Girl Magic" poet activist Mahogany L. Browne, their short segments on PBS NewsHour went unexpectedly viral. Although they come from entirely different backgrounds, the two women share a deep passion for language and an appreciation of its power to heal and to harm. Join our live conversation, recorded at the Commonwealth Club to learn how, despite our differences, we can find connections that bring us together. And when you're done, come on over to The Inflection Point Society, our Facebook group of everyday activists who seek to make extraordinary change through small, daily actions. Subscribe to "Inflection Point" to get more stories of how women rise up right in your feed!

Stitch Fix Founder Katrina Lake Gives the C-Suite a Makeover

At age 35, Stitch Fix founder Katrina Lake became the youngest female founder and CEO to take a company public in 2017. Stitch Fix is now worth over two billion dollars. She has not only changed the way many of us shop for clothes, but she's also changing how we think about leaders. Find out how she learned to embrace her history-making role as the youngest woman to take a startup to IPO, in this conversation at INFORUM at the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco. Subscribe to "Inflection Point" to get more stories of how women rise up right in your feed! Want to support more women's stories? Support the program at inflectionpointradio.org/contribute.

When Teachers are Trusted to Teach - Gabrielle Howard, Saint Ann's School

What happens when teachers are given the freedom to inspire a lifelong love of learning? In this episode, I talk with Gabrielle Howard, who recently retired as the head of the Lower School at Saint Ann's School in Brooklyn, where she worked for 35 years. We'll talk about why she dedicated her life to fostering a love of learning in young children, why she let them swear in her office, how a school without grades can produce high-achieving graduating classes time and time again, and the deep value of listening to kids. Support Inflection Point with a monthly or one-time contribution at inflectionpointradio.org/contribute. Join our Facebook group for everyday activists at inflectionpointsociety.com.

When Teachers are Trusted to Teach - Gabrielle Howard, Saint Ann's School

How Kids' Books Inspire Activism - Kate Schatz and Miriam Klein Stahl

Now and then a "girl power" book pops up that is truly inspiring and, better yet, timely. And even better, written by actual feminists, parents, and educators who want to use their books to incite change by creating role models our daughters and sons can relate to. Sounds pretty rad right? That's actually the name of a book series..."Rad Women"..."Rad Women A to Z"; "Rad Women Worldwide", and now, those women Kate Schatz and her co-author/illustrator the rad Miriam Klein Stahl are out with a third book called "Rad Girls Can." I talked with Kate and Miriam at a benefit for children's literacy hosted by Reading Partners, an organization that mobilizes communities across the Bay Area to help students read at grade level by fourth grade. Join me for a special on-stage discussion with the authors of RAD Girls Can, Miriam Klein Stahl and Kate Schatz. The book is available now.

What Trans Women Can Teach Cis Women (and vice versa) - Daniela Petruzelak, Diversity Activist

Daniela Petruzalek is an accomplished software engineer from Brazil, who started working with computers at the age of 14. She's now a software engineer. She's always tried to fit into the male dominated field, but it was in direct conflict with who she really was, even growing up. The thing is, Daniela has lived most of her life as a male. But three years ago, she took the leap to transition to her true female self and had to fight her own internal prejudices. And not only that, she was now competing in that same very male field, but as a woman. Daniela has made it her mission as a trans woman, to make the white, cisgender male dominated tech industry truly inclusive. Join the conversation when you join our "Inflection Point Society" Facebook Group— for everyday activists who want to make extraordinary social change through everyday actions. Listener support is the engine that keeps us rolling! Consider supporting at inflectionpointradio.org/contribute.

What Trans Women Can Teach Cis Women (and vice versa) - Daniela Petruzelak, Diversity Activist

What Happens When Sexual Assault Goes Unpunished: Sarah Delia, Creator of "She Says"

When radio journalist Sarah Delia heard a story about the sexual assault of one of her station's listeners, "Linda" (not her real name), she knew it was a story that needed to be told. It's also a story about how one survivor took matters into her own hands when the police department she turned to for help seemed to be failing to help her. And it's a story about how our criminal justice system handles sexual assault cases nationwide--and what needs to change to make violence against women the exception rather than the status quo. Sarah turned Linda's story into a new investigative podcast series called "She Says". Listen to our conversation about the courage it takes to tell your story of sexual assault--and keep telling it---until you are heard by someone who can help you get justice. And also--what it takes to be the person who takes on the "second-degree trauma" of listening to and reporting on stories of sexual assault. Join the conversation when you join our "Inflection Point Society" Facebook Group— for everyday activists who want to make extraordinary social change through everyday actions. Thank you to our sponsors: Banish skin care (Get $10 off at banish.com for a limited time with code INFLECTION) Commonspace podcast Listeners, please consider supporting at inflectionpointradio.org/contribute.

What Happens When Sexual Assault Goes Unpunished: Sarah Delia, Creator of "She Says"

Are We Teaching Our Girls Too Much Empathy? -Emily Abad, The Mosaic Project

Empathy is often seen as the magic bullet against intolerance. But when we take on too much empathy for others it can be difficult to create emotional boundaries when it comes to our own needs. At the same time, when we put up emotional walls, we're judged as being selfish, cold or "bossy."** ** Emily Abad is someone who was raised to always put others' needs ahead of her own and not speak up for herself. She's always struggled to find that perfect balance between empathy and assertiveness. When her religious father refused to accept her after she came out as gay, she was at a loss as to what to do. Then she began working with kids at the Mosaic Project, an experiential education program addressing issues of diversity, empathy, and conflict resolution. Hear how teaching kids the power of speaking their truth from a place of love helped Emily to find her own voice. This episode is brought to you in part by Banish skin care. Get $10 for a limited time when you use the code INFLECTION. And, Commonspace, a podcast featuring live storytelling and conversation. Season two is rolling out right now. And when you're done, come on over to The Inflection Point Society, our Facebook group of everyday activists who seek to make extraordinary change through small, daily actions. Support Inflection Point with a monthly or one-time contribution at inflectionpointradio.org to keep women's stories front and center.

Are We Teaching Our Girls Too Much Empathy? -Emily Abad, The Mosaic Project

How to Age Without Apology - Nina Collins, author of "What Would Virginia Woolf Do?"

What's so monumental about turning 40 that women need their own Facebook group? Turns out--pretty much everything. From discussing fashion to friendship to feminism, work and health Nina Collins has created an "environment that's a little like Vegas...our special place to talk about what's really going on in our lives..." But why don't real life friends fill that need? Collins turned what she learned from the group--and her own experience with hitting 40–into a book, "What Would Virginia Woolf Do?" Hear it all, including a foray into chin hairs and Botox on this week's episode.

How to Age Without Apology - Nina Collins, author of "What Would Virginia Woolf Do?"

Do Haters Deserve Our Compassion? - Sally Kohn, author of "The Opposite of Hate"

Can you find compassion in your heart for the haters in your life? Should you? CNN political commentator and first-time author Sally Kohn says if we keep on hating the haters, the cycle of hate will never end. She's believes compassion to be one of the keys to breaking the cycle of hatred that pervades our culture in today's divisive world. The question is, how can compassion defeat a system fuelled by hate? Listen in on my conversation with Sally Kohn, author of "The Opposite of Hate" on what she's learned from her own missteps as a former school bully and, paradoxically, as a well-meaning liberal, breaking the cycle of hate, and cultivating compassion for her perceived enemies. Like what you hear? Support the show at inflectionpointradio.org and join our Facebook group The Inflection Point Society.

Do Haters Deserve Our Compassion? - Sally Kohn, author of "The Opposite of Hate"

"I am powerful by just living" - Sarah McBride, LGBTQ activist & author of "Tomorrow Will ...

Sarah McBride made history as the first transgender person to speak at a national political convention in 2016. As of 2018, more than half of LGBTQ people live in states that don't protect them from discrimination or are even actively hostile towards them. In the most challenging moments--the 2016 election results, everyday sexism and misogyny and the death of her young husband--even then she fights to update our laws to protect and include LGBTQ people. Her vision and focus on achieving a more equal world, where everyone is seen and accepted for who they are, is so clear that it almost seems simple. So why does it have to be so hard to get to that point? Listen to my conversation with Sarah McBride, LGBTQ activist and author of the new book, "Tomorrow Will Be Different". And when you're done, come on over to The Inflection Point Society, our Facebook group of everyday activists who seek to make extraordinary change through small, daily actions. Want to support more stories of how women rise up? Go to: inflectionpointradio.org

"I am powerful by just living" - Sarah McBride, LGBTQ activist & author of "Tomorrow Will ...

Is 'Girl Power' Creating a Mental Health Crisis? - Rachel Simmons, author "Enough As She Is"

For many girls today, the relentless pursuit of accomplishment is fueled by harsh self-criticism and an acute fear of failure. Rachel Simmons has been researching young women for two decades, and her research plainly shows that girl competence does not equal girl confidence—nor does it equal happiness, resilience, or self-worth. As an educator and author of "Enough As She Is: How to Help Girls Move Beyond Impossible Standards of Success to Live Healthy, Happy and Fulfilling Lives", Rachel teaches girls and women skills to build their resilience, amplify their voices, and own their courage so that they—and their relationships—live with integrity and health. Want to be part of the conversation? Join our "Inflection Point Society" Facebook Group for everyday activists who want to make extraordinary social change through everyday actions. Your support is the nutrient that keeps us marching! Please support the program at inflectionpointradio.org/contribute.

Is 'Girl Power' Creating a Mental Health Crisis? - Rachel Simmons, author "Enough As She Is"

Why Rosie the Riveter is "Not my icon" - Betty Reid Soskin, National Park Service

For the past decade, 96-year-old Betty Reid Soskin has served as the nation's oldest Park Ranger, where she gives talks at the Rosie the Riveter WWII Home Front National Historical Park. But the triumphant story of the now ubiquitous feminist icon, Rosie the Riveter, is not Betty's story. While Rosie was breaking barriers for twentieth century white women in the workforce, Black women like Betty and her slave ancestors had been serving as laborers "outside the home" for centuries. In our live talk at INFORUM at the Commonwealth Club, Betty offers a clear-eyed perspective on the untold stories of the American narrative and the ever-rising spiral our country is making toward equality.

Why Rosie the Riveter is "Not my icon" - Betty Reid Soskin, National Park Service

My Privilege Wakeup Call with Ijeoma Oluo, author of "So You Want To Talk About Race"

An awkward conversation with her white mother about "good white people" inspired Ijeoma Oluo to take on the unenviable task of writing one of the most user-friendly books on race of our time: "So You Want To Talk About Race." In plain language, Ijeoma has confronted deeply uncomfortable questions surrounding racial injustice from the school-to-prison pipeline to the Black Lives Matter movement to white feminism and intersectionality. In our conversation, Ijeoma helps me to understand the insidious nature of white supremacy in our world. She also wakes me up to the fact that solidarity between all women cannot happen until white cis women hold themselves accountable to the ways they have benefitted from systems of oppression. Most importantly, Ijeoma offers practical, everyday actions that you can do today to help dismantle the system of racism. You can support more of these conversations at inflectionpointradio.org/contribute.

My Privilege Wakeup Call with Ijeoma Oluo, author of "So You Want To Talk About Race"