women in the workplace

The Anita Hill Effect

In 1991, Anita Hill testified before the U.S. Senate that then-Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas sexually harassed her when they worked together. Cristen and Caroline talk about the significance, gender and racial dynamics, and lasting impact of Hill's public hearing that captivated the nation.

ChangeMAKERS: No Dream Is Off Limits

Shifting from corporate America to the New York Fire Department proved to be a major culture shock for Regina Wilson. Upon joining the force in 1999, she became the 12th African-American woman in the FDNY's history and now is the first female president of the Vulcan Society, the African-American fraternal organization founded in 1940 to combat racial discrimination among firefighters. In the final ChangeMAKERS installment, Cristen and Caroline learn about Wilson's battle against sexism and hostility -- one she wages in order to do the job she loves and bring other women and people of color along behind her.

The Legal History of Sexual Harassment

The term "sexual harassment" didn't exist before the 1970s. Cristen and Caroline investigate the legal history of this occupational hazard and why it took the courts so long to criminalize it.

Sexism and Science Communication LIVE

2015 was the year we started caring about sexism in science, WIRED magazine recently declared. In this live Stuff Mom Never Told You conversation at SxSW Interactive, Cristen and Caroline speak with astronomer and science communicator Nicole Cabrera about how harassment and discrimination affect scientific discovery, STEM online activism and why all of us have a vested interest in resolving these issues.

ChangeMAKERS: Motivation Matters

Confidence is not a problem for U.S. women's soccer star Abby Wambach; the gender wage gap is. Recently retired, the gold medalist and top international scorer is shifting her focus from heading goals to tackling gender equality, and she's not going to let anything get in her way. In this third ChangeMAKERS installment, Cristen and Caroline talk with Wambach about learning from others, leading a team and the forces that motivate her to change the world.

ChangeMAKERS: Dignify Your Work

The director for the National Domestic Workers Alliance and one of TIME's Most Influential People, Ai Jen Poo has dedicated her life to advocating tirelessly for the rights, dignity and empowerment of women whose voices are too often silenced. In this first ChangeMAKERS installment, Cristen and Caroline talk with Poo about the role of caregivers in our society and the power women wield when they come together to make change happen.

Lady Truckers

The trucking industry is recruiting women like never before. Cristen and Caroline get behind the wheel of what life is really life out there on the road and the long haul it will take to make the job safer for women.

Lady Mechanics

Auto mechanics is a decidedly male-dominated field, with women comprising less than 2 percent of the profession. Cristen and Caroline get under the hood of the history of women and automobile upkeep and look at why a growing number of ladies are opening garages on their own.

NASA's Hidden Computer Women

When NASA was formed in 1958, its prized pool of all-female "computers" desegregated. Until then, mathematicians of color -- including Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient Katherine Johnson -- worked, ate and used the restroom in a separate facilities. Cristen and Caroline shed overdue light on Johnson and her brilliant West Computer teammates who helped launch America into space.

The Hidden Lives of Fashion Bloggers

If you think it's a lot of work to stay up-to-date on the latest trends, just imagine the average day of your favorite glam fashion blogger. Outlining the industry's evolution from grassroots passion projects to massive money-making Instagram empires, Cristen and Caroline discuss how successful fashion bloggers monetize the artifice of effortless femininity.