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The Electorette: A new podcast about politics, intersectionality and feminism. The Electorette features interviews and conversations with the women leading the resistance. They are passionate about equality, voting rights, climate change, access to healthcare & reproductive rights and all issues that make a healthy democracy.

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EPISODE THIRTY-SEVEN | Diversity in Silicon Valley with Sinduja Rangarjan
This episode explores a new report from Reveal News reporter Sinduja Rangarajan and delivers the clearest picture of Silicon Valley’s diversity yet. The report provides a first-of-its kind analysis of 177 of the largest San Francisco Bay Area tech firms revealing large disparities in racial and gender disparities. Our conversation explores hiring and corporate cultural practices that lead to these disparities. The entire report may be found here:
Aug 13, 2018
EPISODE THIRTY-SIX | Shauna Dillavou, Online Security Innovator & Expert
Shauna Dillavou is a security innovator, weaving together her experiences in intelligence, free speech, technology, and trauma. We discuss creating safe environments online and offline for women politicians and women generally, as well as, how technology and social media companies fail to create processes and products that are conducive to online safety.
Jul 30, 2018
EPISODE THIRTY-FIVE | Wagatwe Wanjuki & The Cost of Not Believing Survivors
Wagatwe Wanjuki is a feminist activist, writer, speaker, and digital strategist best known for her work as a national campus anti-violence advocate. She's a founder of the anti-rape organization Survivors Eradicating Rape Culture and is a founding co-organizer of Know Your IX’s ED ACT NOW campaign. She also has a podcast about the experience of survivors called "I, Survivor" which debuts on July 31st with the Wondery network. Wanjuki is a rape survivor and we discuss her experience in dealing with her university and the cost of her not being believed by college administrators. RECOMMENDED READING & LISTENING: >>The Woman Behind #SurvivorPrivilege Was Kicked Out Of School After Being Raped ( >>The (literal) cost of not believing survivors | Wagatwe Wanjuki | TEDxMiddlebury ( >>Paying the price of victimhood ( >>
Jul 16, 2018
EPISODE THIRTY-FOUR | Ruth Defoster, Mass Shootings & Gun Violence Myths Debunked
Dr. Ruth Defoster, professor and author of "Terrorizing the Masses," walks through the myths around the causes and solutions to America's gun violence epidemic and debunks NRA and GOP talking points. We discuss gun laws and violence in Chicago, the role of mental illness and video games in mass shootings, as well as, the predictable patterns that nearly all mass shooters exhibit. We also discuss recent shootings including, Parkland, the recent police shooting of Antwon Rose, and the shooting at the Capital Gazette. Terrorizing the Masses: : Identity, Mass Shootings, and the Media Construction of Terror
Jul 09, 2018
EPISODE THIRTY-THREE | Lily Herman, Founder of "Get Her Elected"
Lily Herman, is the founder of Get Her Elected, a political network of over 2,000 volunteers offering their skills pro bono to more than 220+ progressive women candidates running for office. We discuss women candidates, campaign strategy, and of course, midterms. We also discuss how growing up as a liberal in a conservative region of the country shapes your view of politics.
Jul 02, 2018
EPISODE THIRTY-TWO | Bev Gooden, #WhyIStayed, Domestic Abuse Activist
This episode features domestic abuse advocate, activist and creator of the #WhyIStayed hashtag, Bev Gooden ( A survivor of domestic violence herself, Bev Gooden created the viral hashtag, #WhyIStayed, to give others who've experienced domestic abuse a sense of community and safe space to discuss their experience. Gooden talks about her own experiences, her inspiration behind the creation of #WhyIStayed hashtag and her new project, The Bolt Bag ( We also discuss cultural trends around domestic violence and celebrity cases and how society protects famous people from accountability. Bolt Bag Project:
Jun 25, 2018
EPISODE THIRTY-ONE | Shelly Grabe, The Psychology of Resistance
In this conversation with Professor and author Shelly Grabe (, whose research includes women’s rights violations and social justice in a global context, we explore the Women's Autonomous Movement in Nicaragua. We discuss her book "Narrating a Psychology of Resistance" (; and through our conversation and exploration of the movement, we uncover the parallels in the women's resistance movement in Nicaragua and the current women's movement in America. We also talk about the many ways in which the Nicaraguan movement is 30 years ahead of the women's movement here in the US.
Jun 18, 2018
EPISODE THIRTY | Truth Decay, Report by RAND Corp, Jennifer Kavanagh
This episode features a conversation with Jennifer Kavanagh, a political scientist and researcher for the RAND Corporation. We discuss their new study, Truth Decay. RAND defines Truth Decay as the diminishing role of facts and data in American public life. We discuss the four trends that characterize Truth Decay as well as examine some recent and historical examples. We also make the distinction between Fake News and Truth Decay as well as discuss the role of social media and the 24 hour news cycle.
Jun 11, 2018
EPISODE TWENTY-NINE | Kelly Dittmar, GenderWatch 2018 & Political Strategy
Kelly Dittmar is an Assistant Research Professor at the CAWP or the Center for American Women and Politics, a unit of the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers University. We discuss how the political strategy for women politicians is shaped when it's crafted through a gendered lens, including examining Hillary Clinton's 2008 and 2016 strategies as examples. We also discuss the PinkWave and CAWP's real-time research project, GenderWatch 2018, which provides crucial data in relation to how gender shapes political campaigns.
Jun 04, 2018
EPISODE TWENTY-EIGHT | Mila Johns - Maryland State Delegate, 18th District
Mila Johns is a candidate for Maryland State Delegate, 18th District. A terrorism analyst and researcher by training, Mila Johns decided to run for Maryland's House of Delegates after turning down a job vetting Syrian refugees for U.S. Customs and Border Protection after Trump when elected. We discuss her platform including her work as an activist for reproductive justice, domestic violence awareness, and expanding access to healthcare.
May 15, 2018
EPISODE TWENTY-SEVEN | Invisible No More with Andrea Ritchie
"When I come across a story involving police interactions with black women, it's hard to tell whether a story took place in 1863, in 1963 or 2013." This is just one of the points you'll here in this interview with Andrea Ritchie, author of "Invisible No More: Police Violence Against Black Women and Women of Color." We discuss how Black women, Indigenous women, and women of color experience racial profiling, police brutality, and immigration enforcement from both a historical and modern lens. Andrea Ritchie is a Black lesbian immigrant, police misconduct attorney and organizer who has engaged in extensive research, writing, and advocacy around criminalization of women and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people of color over the past two decades. She is currently Researcher in Residence on Race, Gender, Sexuality and Criminalization at the Barnard Center for Research on Women’s Social Justice Institute, and was a 2014 Senior Soros Justice Fellow.
May 07, 2018
EPISODE TWENTY-SIX | Lisa Hunter, Candidate for DC City Council
Lisa Hunter is a candidate for City Council in DC's Ward 6 and if elected, she would be the first Latino elected to the City Council. Hunter has a long history of serving her community and just three days after graduating from college, she boarded a plane to Guyana to begin service in the Peace Corps. Once she returned to the US, Hunter took a job at Barack Obama’s campaign headquarters. She was later deployed to St. Louis as a field organizer, where she met voters and learned about the issues facing their communities. Hunter was driven to run for office by the inequalities she observed in pay equity, gender inequality, housing instability, and healthcare. Endorsed by The American Women's Party and Run For Something, Lisa Hunter is a true champion for women's rights.
Apr 30, 2018
EPISODE TWENTY-FIVE | The Color of Money with Mehrsa Baradaran
In my conversation with University of Georgia Law Professor and author, Mehrsa Baradaran, we explore the history and origins of today''s racial wealth gap. We discuss the history of segregated industries and black economies that were created in an effort to overcome the financial effects of slavery. We also discuss attempts be recent administrations to close the racial wealth gap as well as what incoming administrations can do to tackle the problem.
Apr 24, 2018
EPISODE TWENTY-FOUR | Weapons of Math Destruction with Cathy O'Neil
"Democracy isn't just about the ability to vote. Democracy is about being an informed citizen..." This is just one of the points you'll hear in my conversation with data-skeptic, author and mathematician, Cathy O'Neil. We discuss her book "Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality & Threatens Democracy," and the ways in which algorithms dictate nearly every aspect of our lives, including our interactions with the criminal justice system and our elections. We also discuss how Facebook and Cambridge Analytica use our personal data in ways that may influence our voting decisions. O'Neil believes these practices pose a serious threat to democracy and for this reason, this is one of Electorette's most important episodes to date.
Apr 16, 2018
EPISODE TWENTY-THREE | Dr. Wendy Osefo, March For Our Lives, Intersectionality
In this episode, I talk with Dr. Wendy Osefo, Professor of Education at The Johns Hopkins University and progressive political commentator and strategist. We discuss the success of March For Our Lives and the movement against gun violence driven by the students of Stoneman Douglas High School. We discuss ways in which these movements fail often fail at garnering public support for students and activists of color; and also the NRA and their attacks on student activists.
Apr 09, 2018
EPISODE TWENTY-TWO | Organizing for Change
Our the two guests for this episode turned their energy following the 2016 election into organizational change. Cristina Tzintzún, a nationally recognized advocate and leader in the Latino community, founded Jolt - a Texas-based multi-issue organization that builds the political power and influence of Latinos in Texas. Also we talk with Amanda Litman, the founder of Run For Something, which recruits and support young diverse progressives to run for down-ballot races.
Mar 26, 2018
EPISODE TWENTY-ONE | In a Day’s Work... with Bernice Yeung
In a Day’s Work: The Fight to End Sexual Violence Against America’s Most Vulnerable Workers by Bernice Yeung explores sexual harassment, assault and rape for the most vulnerable women in our society. In our conversation, we discuss the ways in which sexual violence is compounded by low wages, precarious working conditions and being undocumented.
Mar 20, 2018
EPISODE TWENTY | Girlhood Interrupted: The Erasure of Black Girls’ Childhood with Thalia González
"Girlhood Interrupted: The Erasure of Black Girls’ Childhood" is a groundbreaking report published by Georgetown Law Center on Poverty and Inequality, which revealed that adults view Black girls as less innocent and more adult-like than their white peers. In this episode, Thalia González, an Associate Professor at Occidental College and co-author of the report, discusses the ways in which adults perceive black girls in public systems have both short-term and long-term repercussions.
Feb 26, 2018
EPISODE NINETEEN | 'Spread The Vote' Founder, Kat Calvin
Spread the Vote is an organization that tackles undemocratic voter ID laws by directly working with citizens in marginalized groups to help them obtain their state ID. Spread the Vote founder, Kat Calvin, discusses the original motivation by her organization's start, as well as the cost and challenges many eligible voters face in getting the necessary ID in order to vote. We also discuss the many hidden barriers that not having an ID poses in every day life, not related to voting.
Feb 19, 2018
EPISODE EIGHTEEN | Electorette Redux Pt 2: Racism & Xenophobia in Trump's America
In this episode, we've pulled together some of the most compelling moments from earlier interviews which explore racism and xenophobia in America, both during the Trump administration and following 9/11. This episode includes highlights of interviews from Maryam Zaringhalam, Catherine Squires & Ruth Defoster.
Feb 12, 2018
EPISODE SEVENTEEN | Michele Jawando | Center for American Progress, Co-Host of Thinking Cap Podcast
"They're afraid of the 2.6 million people who came out and marched on the anniversary of the Women's March. They are afraid of the young black activists and Black Lives Matter who are standing up... They’re afraid of our activism, and our civic awareness, and awakening that I think is happening.... There is a civic awakening that I think is happening and I think that, that's powerful because what [the GOP] are afraid of, are our voices." This is one of the points you'll hear in this powerful conversation with Michele Jawando, Vice President of Legal Progress at the Center for American Progress and Co-host of Thinking CAP Podcast. We discuss controversial judicial nominees, the Supreme Court, voter suppression and the #MeToo movement.
Feb 05, 2018
EPISODE SIXTEEN | Sharon Fairley, Candidate for Illinois Attorney General
This episode features an interview with Sharon Fairley, candidate for Illinois Attorney General and the first candidate to receive the endorsement of the American Women's Party. Sharon Fairley has an incredibly impressive background, serving as federal prosecutor with the US Attorney General’s office for the Northern District of Illinois for eight years; she's also served as an Assistant Attorney General in the Criminal Appeals section of the Office of Illinois Attorney General. In December 2015 Sharon Fairley became the Chief Administrator of the Independent Police Review Authority, of which she led the transformation to the Civilian Office of Police Accountability (COPA). Sharon Fairley is a passionate defender of women's reproductive rights, has a proven record for fighting corruption and inefficiency in city government and vows to be a public advocate for comprehensive immigration reform.
Jan 29, 2018
EPISODE FIFTEEN | Katie Watson | Scarlet A: The Ethics, Law & Politics of Ordinary Abortion
Jan 22nd 2018 marks the 45th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the landmark Supreme Court decision issued in 1973 on the issue of the constitutionality of laws that criminalized or restricted access to abortions. In this episode, with award-winning professor and author of the book "Scarlet A: The Ethics, Law & Politics of Ordinary Abortion" ( Katie Watson, we discuss the deeper structural, cultural, and social issues that fuel our modern debate on abortion rights.
Jan 22, 2018
EPISODE FOURTEEN | Electorette Redux Pt 1: Violence, Mass Shootings & Misogyny
In this episode, we've pulled together some of the most compelling moments of episodes from 2017. This episode includes highlights of interviews from 1) Ruth Defoster, professor and author of Terrorizing the Masses 2) Pamela Nettleton, professor, domestic violence and media expert 3) Kate Manne, professor and author of Down Girl: The Logic of Misogyny
Jan 16, 2018
EPISODE THIRTEEN | Down Girl: The Logic of Misogyny with Kate Manne
"There is this a danger that if we hold misogyny to be a deep psychological property of individual agents, then it will become very difficult to know or justifiably believe if someone is a misogynist. " This is one of the points you'll hear in my conversation with author Kate Manne. In her book, "Down Girl: The Logic of Misogyny," Manne thoroughly explores the meaning of misogyny; her examination, through analogy, and examples from politics and the news headlines, provides considerable clarity about what misogyny is and what it is not. "Down Girl..." is a must-read and should be in every feminist's library along with other notable feminist classics.
Dec 18, 2017
EPISODE TWELVE | Addicted to Rehab: Gender, Race and Rehabilitation with Prof. Allison McKim
In my conversation with Professor Allison McKim, we discuss her book "Addicted to Rehab: Race, Gender, and Drugs in the Era of Mass Incarceration (Critical Issues in Crime and Society)" in which she compares two addiction rehabilitation programs: one is linked to the criminal justice system and the second, is private and is covered by private insurance. We discuss the ways in which gendered treatment or "Women Centered Treatment" the lives of women in recovery, the lives of their families and their relationships. We also discuss how racial stereotypes influence treatment.
Dec 11, 2017
EPISODE ELEVEN | Mass Shootings, the Media & American Terror with Dr. Ruth Defoster
"For some reason, all of the tropes and the explanations and the frames that came out of the Columbine coverage, have been repackaged and recycled in media coverage of almost every mass shooting since." This is just one of the points you'll hear during my conversation with terrorism scholar and mass shooting expert, Dr. Ruth Defoster. We discuss the consistent features present in all mass shootings and their perpetrators, including toxic masculinity. We walk through several of the country's attacks and discuss the media's treatment of these incidents, the contagion effect of mass shootings, and the media's influence on the culture of gun violence in America. Lastly, we discuss the Trump administration's treatment of and response to terror.
Nov 13, 2017
EPISODE TEN | Dangerous Discourses: Media Coverage of Violence Against Women, Dr. Pamela Nettleton
"We've been asking the wrong questions. We ask 'why does she stay' instead of 'why is he hitting her...'" This is just one of the points you'll hear in my conversation with Dr. Pamela Nettleton. We discuss how the media's coverage of violence against women perpetuates a culture of violence. We also discuss how our social systems are set up to burden women who are victims of violence.
Nov 07, 2017
EPISODE NINE | Dangerous Discourses: #SayHerName, Bringing Intersectionality to a Mass Shooting
Dangerous Discourses: Feminism, Gun Violence & Civic Life | This is the first in a series of episodes in which I'll cover gun violence from several angles. In this episode, I discuss the essay titled "Making Visible Victimhood, Bringing Intersectionality to a Mass Shooting - #SayHerName, Black Women & Charleston" with Professor Catherine Squires. We discuss the Charleston shooting, the need to bring violence against women of color to the forefront, and the patriarchal nature of racism.
Oct 30, 2017
EPISODE EIGHT | Voter Suppression, Gerrymandering & the Voting Rights Act With Kira Lerner
If you've been following the news around the deterioration of our voting rights, including how gerrymandering and redistricting efforts or voter suppression efforts have further stripped equal access to the ballot, you'll want to listen to this episode with Think Progress journalist, Kira Lerner. We discuss the history of the recent destruction of voting rights starting with the Karl Rove Op Ed in 2010, which was the genesis of voter disenfranchisement.
Oct 23, 2017
EPISODE SEVEN | Diversity from the Office to the Oscars with Lauren Leader Chivee
"We need more Americans to connect, on a very deep level with a sense of empathy, for the experience of others..." This is just one of the points you'll hear during my conversation with Lauren Leader Chivee, author of "Crossing the Thinnest Line: How Embracing Diversity—from the Office to the Oscars—Makes America Stronger" and co-founder of All In Together, an organization dedicated to non-partisan women’s organization committed advancing the progress of women’s political, civic and professional leadership in the United States.
Oct 02, 2017
EPISODE SIX | American Women's Party with Maya Contreras & Mia Brett
Mia Brett and Maya Contreras are the co-founders of the American Women's Party, an advocacy group fighting for equal representation, participation, and policy development for women in the Democratic Party. We discuss their role in creating "underground Hillary Clinton support groups" during the 2016 election as a safe space for women to discuss politics free from the threats of online attacks and misogyny. We also discuss how the American Women's Party is working to combat voter suppression, including the Voter Empowerment Day events being help around the country.
Sep 26, 2017
EPISODE FIVE | The Free-Love Candidate, Women Politicians & the Media w/Teri Finneman
"If a male politician is in his 20’s and 30’s he’s an ambitious go-getter, who’s a rising star - no one asks “what about his kids, why isn’t he at home?” This is just one of the points of discussion you'll hear during my conversation with Dr. Teri Finneman, author and professor of journalism. We discuss her book "Press Portrayals of Women Politicians, 1870s–2000s" including the media coverage of women politicians including the 1st female presidential candidate (a.k.a. Mrs. Satan as she was referred to by the press), Sarah Palin and of course, Hillary Clinton.
Sep 17, 2017
EPISODE FOUR | Twitter Blocks, Judicial Nominees & LGBT Rights with Rebecca Buckwalter-Poza
"If the left has had one shortcoming, it's a failure of imagination when it comes to the audacity of the right to lie, to upset custom, to do anything they can to get around the law to achieve their aims." This is just one of the points made by Rebecca Buckwalter-Poza, a political and legal analyst. Rebecca has been blocked by Trump of Twitter and we discuss how silencing dissenting voices in a public forum presents a threat to democracy. We also discuss judicial nominees, the need to clarify a unified, progressive message and threats to LGBT rights.
Sep 12, 2017
EPISODE THREE | Science Policy Jujitsu & Islamophobia in Trump's America with Dr. Maryam Zaringhalam
"We can't expect marginalized communities, especially ones that find that their lives are constantly under threat, to stand up for themselves in places where they don’t feel safe…" This is just one of the points made in this emotional conversation on xenophobia, Islamophobia, science policy and gerrymandering with science policy fellow and public scholar, Dr. Maryam Zaringhalam. Dr. Zaringhalam is the founder of NYC branch of 500 Women Scientists and producer of the live science show, The Story Collider. We discuss science policy, racism and partisan gerrymandering in this raw and moving conversation.
Aug 29, 2017
EPISODE TWO | Sexism in Science with Public Scholar, Climate Scientist Dr. Sarah Myhre
"Your brain is not as important as the currency of your body and the sexual appeal of your body to the male gaze." This is just one of the points made during my conversation on feminism, racism, climate science and the Trump administration with public scholar and climate scientist, Dr. Sarah Myhre. Dr. Myhre is one of the founders of Seattle's branch of 500 Women Scientists and is a vocal advocate for greater racial equality and for greater representation of women's voices in science and in society as a whole. In fact, she describes herself as a loudmouth and nasty woman. In our conversation, Dr. Myhre is very vulnerable and open about her experiences as a woman in science, being a single mother and about coming to terms with her own privilege in a racially charged political climate.
Aug 17, 2017
EPISODE ONE | Reproductive Justice & the Politics of Reproductive Rights with Dr. Laura Briggs
"If the police are killing young folks in our communities, that's a threat to our reproductive rights." This is just one of the points you'll hear in my conversation with Dr. Laura Briggs, author of the forthcoming book "How All Politics Became Reproductive Politics." Briggs discusses reproductive rights in a broad context including how the right to a living wage and violence-free communities are a part of reproductive justice. We also discuss conservative and evangelical leaders' strategies to dismantle the social safety net for women.
Aug 14, 2017
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The Electorette: A new podcast about politics, intersectionality and feminism. The Electorette features interviews and conversations with the women leading the resistance. They are passionate about equality, voting rights, climate change, access to healthcare & reproductive rights and all issues that make a healthy democracy. This episode from The Electorette features clips from our upcoming podcast, which launch in Aug 2017.
Aug 12, 2017