Understanding Body Politics in Retail and Fashion

In retail, fashion, or even wearable tech spaces, it’s easy for designers and design researchers
to focus either on the technical innovations of fabrics and clothing, or on the aesthetic and expressive aspects of a garment. Innovation in these spaces largely focuses on the created object and its production, rather than the cultural consumption of the…

Invisible in Plain Sight

More than the sum of our parts. People are complicated. How we socialize, how we develop our cultural and political institutions, and how our individual
 and group identities powerfully shape all of those processes is complex. We are never just one type of person presenting ourselves to the world according to a single script. Nor…

Paving the Way for Women in Business

We live in an exciting time – a time where individuals have the power to spread ideas and to influence others. And, despite technology having broken down traditional power structures and given voices to individuals, our institutions still lack diversity – especially when it comes to the gender of those who are sharing their thoughts and ideas…

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?”…

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…