Jen Richards on the Future of Gender

A Conversation with Jen Richards The ways in which a person experiences and expresses their own identity are always shifting. With maturity, experience, and time, each person journeys to discover who they are and how they present themselves to the world. Jen Richards, an advocate focusing on racial and gender justice, looks at what happens when…

How Female Consumership is Changing the Future of Cannabis

With increasing access to medical and recreational cannabis across the United States, the face of cannabis users is undergoing a rapid transformation. The notion of the traditional stoner is shrinking; Sean Penn's Jeff Spicoli from Fast Times at Ridgemont High or Brad Pitt's couch-bound character in True Romance are now only a microcosm of the…

Disrupting the 15 Billion Dollar Menstruation Industry

Menstruation.  Uncomfortable? That’s a common response. This widespread taboo has allowed the “feminine hygiene” industry to operate without governance or pressure to innovate for the last 85 years. The conversation, however, is opening up, and a revolution is beginning in an industry that has been stagnant for too long. Menstruating women were ostracized in biblical times.…

Q&A with Catherine D’Ignazio

MISC spoke with Catherine D’Ignazio, Assistant Professor of Data Visualization and Civic Media at Emerson College, about the possibilities for feminist data visualization; the power, pleasure, and limitations of visual data; data literacy; industries of accountability; and the future of inclusivity. Last year, you wrote an article called “What would feminist data visualization look like?”…

Alisha Bhagat on the Future of Childcare

Alisha Bhagat, futurist at Forum for the Future, wants to shift the perspective around working women. Right now, she explains, the word “sacrifice” is all too often associated with women who have to trade in their careers to take care of their families. By 2040, Bhagat envisions working women distancing themselves from this so-called “sacrifice,” and…

Nora Khaldi on the Future of Biotechnology

Nora Khaldi, Founder of Nuritas, is revolutionizing the food industry through the use of biotechnology. After discovering an undeniable gap between the food and pharma industries, Nora sought to bridge it by starting a biotech company of her own.   Nuritas works to discover and produce all-natural ingredients that have scientifically proven health benefits. Through…

Julia Hemphill on the Future of Labor Relations

Julia Hemphill imagines a future where gender location no longer limits the industries that women enter, and their advancement in male-dominated fields is not capped because of perceived differences. According to Julia, in coming years the term “gender” will encompass new meanings that will redefine women’s role in the workplace. With the help of advocacy and research, women will…

Shazi Visram on the Future of Food

It’s no surprise that Shazi Visram, founder of Happy Family brands, foresees a bright and healthy future for consumers. Happy Family is a leading baby food company devoted to providing families with nutritious and organic alternatives. While today’s food industry revolves around convenience, Shazi is hopeful that there will be shift toward focusing on health…

Katharine Zaleski and Milena Berry on the Future of Employment

Both Katharine Zaleski and Milena Berry envision the future of employment to be more inclusive for women. They see virtual reality and other technologies playing a significant role in transforming the workforce, facilitating a more flexible environment in which women and other minorities can be more active. Katharine and Milena founded PowerToFly to help women…