Why does lighter skin improve women's chances of getting through school, getting a job and getting married? Cristen and Caroline explore the historical roots, repercussions and cross-cultural shades of colorism around the world.

Episode sources:

"5 Things You Need to Know about Colorism." Ebony.

"A Conversation on Latino Identity, Skin Color and Portrayal in Hollywood." Buzzfeed.

"Africa: Where Black Is Not Really Beautiful." BBC.

"Black Girl Magic Flashback: Watch the Lupita Nyong'o Speech Heard Round the World." Essence.

"Forget Fair and Lovely, Dark Is Divine: Pakistan's First Anti-colorism Campaign." India West.

"India's Unfair Obsession with Lighter Skin." The Guardian.

"N.W.A Movie Casting Call Conflates Black Skin with Unattractiveness." Spin.

"Schools' Discipline for Girls Differs by Race and Hue." The New York Times.

Shades of Difference: Why Skin Color Matters. Stanford University Press.

"Shades of Prejudice." The New York Times.

"Study: White and black children biased toward lighter skin." CNN.

Academic insights:

"The Hidden Prejudice in Selection: A Research Investigation on Skin Color Bias." Matthew S. Harrison and Kecia M. Thomas. Journal of Applied Social Psychology. 2009.

"The Persistent Problem of Colorism: Skin Tone, Status and Inequality." Margaret Hunter. Sociology Compass. 2007.

Topics in this Podcast: racism, women of color