Women: Shattering Expectations

/ Summer 2016: Women: Shattering Expectations

Examining the topic of “women” cannot be black and white, or one-sided – there are many layers and meanings to explore. We have tried our best to go in-depth in the 136 pages we had, and, although we are only scratching the surface, the content in this issue is rich and meaningful.

One of the best examples of the richness of this issue is our most ambitious special feature to date, “The Future According to Women,” which asks women from a vast range of industries to give their thoughts on what lies ahead. We also tackle many other ideas, from the new parent experience to the disruption of the 15 billion dollar menstruation industry, and explore the vast landscape of women in leadership roles.

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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…

A Woman’s Space, A Man’s Domain

The Rising Star of Food O ver the past two decades, food, and its preparation, have experienced a meteoric rise as a source of entertainment. The birth of specialty channels dedicated to it, the cult of celebrity chefs, and the number of televised cooking competitions are all testaments to our ever-growing obsession with food and…

Rethinking Leave and the New Parent Experience

During my first year as a US employee of a Canadian company, I learned that one of my new Canadian colleagues was not only expecting her first child, but also preparing for a yearlong maternity leave. Yes, you read that correctly. A year. Twelve whole months of government-sponsored job protection and subsidized family leave, to be…

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…

Women in Leadership: Angela Ahrendts

Angela Ahrendts knows something that many of today’s business leaders don’t know, and that some don’t even really care about. It’s something she knows about herself. And, given her undeniable success as CEO at Burberry and the sheer expectation over what she is quietly doing as SVP of Retail at Apple, it’s something that has…

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…

Zika Redux: Resurfacing Old Tropes in a New Virus

Just over a year ago, reports started to emerge out of Brazil of a spike in cases of fever and rashes. Doctors and researchers in the area identified the culprit as the Zika virus, a mosquito-borne disease that is mostly asymptomatic, presenting the above-mentioned symptoms only about 20% of the time. However, it was not until a…

Your Breasts Are No Good Here

The Bible and Western Civilization. “Okay, that’ll do.” It was the summer of the last year of university and I needed one more course to graduate. I had taken, what I like to refer to as, a personal sabbatical halfway through my bachelor’s degree. I came back to school focused, passionate, and ready to work hard, but…

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…

Jess Weiner on the Future of Influence

As a young girl, Jess Weiner never felt as though she was represented in the advertising and media surrounding her. That’s why she started Talk to Jess, a consultancy that educates corporations on how to shape their conversations around women. As a self esteem expert, writer, and educator, she’s hopeful about the power individuals have…

Julielynn Wong on the Future of Healthcare

Award-winning, Harvard educated physician, innovator, and powerhouse, Julielynn Wong, is radically transforming the healthcare industry through accessible 3D printed medical solutions. Julielynn is the President of 3D4MD, and has served as the Health and Safety Officer for the Mars Desert Research Station. She seeks to inspire a new generation of innovators through her novel and interactive…

Elizabeth Merritt on the Future of Museums

While the next era of education might seem uncertain for some, but for women like Elizabeth Merritt, VP Strategic Foresight and Founding Director at the Center for the Future of Museums, have a clear-cut idea of what it will look like. She believes that museums play a vital role in the learning landscape, and she foresees…

Belinda Johnson on the Future of Regulation

For Belinda Johnson, Chief Business Affairs and Legal Officer at Airbnb, the future of policymaking isn’t about deregulation, it’s about smart regulation. She intimately understands that brands can’t simply ignore innovation and advancements, but they can adapt in ways that please both consumers and company stakeholders. As our ideas around home ownership, family roles, and…

Natalie Ebel on the Future of Education

Natalie Ebel envisions a future where all children will have equal access to basic education. She’s the Director of Marketing at Pencils of Promise, a nonprofit providing quality education in developing countries. Natalie believes that educating women will have a significant impact on the world’s economy, increasing the annual per capita GDP by 25%. For…

Marisa Thalberg on the Future of Branding

Marisa Thalberg, Chief Marketing Officer at Taco Bell and President of Executive Moms, is paving the way for young women and working mothers at the executive level. Working for one of the largest fast food corporations, Marisa offers a fresh female perspective on branding. According to Marisa, marketing food will never go out of style.…

Arianna Huffington on the Future of Media

Arianna Huffington has good news for the future of media. The Co-Founder, President, and Editor-in-Chief of The Huffington Post is hopeful not only about the role women will continue to play in shaping and sharing our news and culture; she also sees a bright future for the impact of female leadership on gender, power, work-life…

Verena Mei on the Future of Motorsports

Twelve years ago, Verena Mei traded in modeling to pursue a career in motorsports. While motorsports is still considered a male-dominated sport, Verena is breaking the mold by being one of the few female drivers to compete in the industry. When Verena first set foot on the racetrack, there was a lot of doubt surrounding…

Debbie Sterling on the Future of Play

Debbie Sterling, CEO and Co-founder of GoldieBlox, is redefining girlhood through play. Her company designs gender bending toys that inspire young girls to participate in engineering and problem solving activities. For Debbie, toys are extremely influential in determining the world’s future leaders, builders, and engineers, and she hopes to inspire girls to get involved in…

A’Driane Nieves on the Future of Art

A’Driane Nieves is a USAF veteran, writer, artist, speaker, and postpartum depression and anxiety survivor living with bipolar disorder. A'Driane's writing – which focuses on the intersections of life, motherhood, art, music, faith, race, and mental health – has be en featured on BlogHer, UpWorthy, EverdayFeminism, Postpartum Progress, and the 2015 Austin Listen To Your Mother…

Sally Grimes on the Future of Food

When it comes to meeting the challenges of feeding the world, the future is closer than you may think. That’s the message that Sally Grimes, of Tyson Foods, Inc., had to tell us about the changing global landscape of food. With an innovative leadership strategy and a forward-thinking attitude about prioritizing the consumer above all…

Is online dating affecting human-centricity in the workplace?

As dating continues to move into the digital realm and becomes increasingly commoditized, it brings up many age-old issues for both men and women – trust, betrayal, desire, and deceit. With the onset of online personalities, it’s easier than ever to create personas that are, at best, partial suggestions of who an individual is. It…

The Future According to Women

After months of dedication and contributions from countless people, we are proud to present the special feature from our summer issueThe Future According to Women.

For this feature, we spoke to over 40 women from various industries – and the conversations were absolutely incredible. They overlapped in ways that we weren’t expecting, so we have grouped them into 5 themes that act as chapters. Each chapter ends with a section called “Our Thinking,” which offers a view into the future and a way to make sense of it all.

We hope you enjoy this feature as much as we enjoyed putting it together. You can read the full version HERE and follow the conversation on social media with #femalefutures.

Anne Beal on the Future of Healthcare

The future of healthcare isn’t just about research and technological advancements. According to Anne Beal, Chief Patient Officer at Sanofi, the future of healthcare is all about the patient. As healthcare professionals embrace their roles as members of a customer-facing industry, the focus of providing care will shift away from output and toward the patient’s…

Madeline Stuart on the Future of Beauty Standards

At only 19 years old, Madeline Stuart is revolutionizing the modeling industry by challenging traditional beauty standards. Stuart aspires to change the way disability is perceived, not just by the beauty industry, but by the public in general. Stuart, who has Down syndrome wears her disability with pride, and in doing so, inspires other young women…

Women and Integrative Medicine

Integrative Medicine is the umbrella term used to describe a healthcare approach that incorporates a wide range of health modalities – including Ayurveda, manual therapies, Chinese medicine and acupuncture, anthroposophic medicine, herbal supplements, chiropractic, yoga, and holistic nutrition – into conventional biomedicine. Integrative medicine as a field arises from the frustrations of physicians who feel they…

Carolyn Moor on the Future of Death

While feeble funeral jokes might have us believe that there is no future in death, developments in artificial intelligence and life-extending technology could mean the start of a completely different experience of grieving, and more specifically, a new experience of death for the modern widow. If loss is a spiritual experience, what are the implications…