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Jessica Bennett

2016 Speaker

JESSICA BENNETT is an award-winning journalist and critic who writes about women, sexuality and culture. She is a contributing writer at the New York Times, where she has covered feminism and Greek life, sexual consent and authored the first profile of Monica Lewinsky in a decade. A former staff writer at Newsweek and columnist at, she is also a contributing editor at LeanIn.Org, the nonprofit founded by Sheryl Sandberg, where she cofounded and curates the Lean In Collection, a photo partnership with Getty Images to change the way women are depicted in stock photography. Bennett’s first book, “Feminist Fight Club: An Office Survival Manual (For a Sexist Workplace)” hit bookstores in September 2016. The book brings a fresh, funny and powerful new perspective to the feminist-lit space. Part battle manual, part manifesto – with a negotiation cheat sheet, feminist mad libs and dozens of original illustrations – the book’s practical and informed take on combatting gender inequality in the workplace is essential, and hilarious, reading for every professional woman, as well as those waiting in the wings. @jess7bennett