Jessica Bennett has spent her award-winning journalism career focusing a gender lens on social issues and culture — from the persistence of workplace inequality to the ripple effects of #MeToo. She is the New York Times’ first-ever gender editor, leading a newsroom-wide initiative to expand coverage of women and gender issues across platforms, and is author of the bestselling book, Feminist Fight Club: A Survival Manual for a Sexist Workplace, which has been translated into 14 languages, a podcast, and is being adapted for television.
Jessica began her career at Newsweek, where she was a staff writer and editor. With two colleagues, she wrote a cover story documenting the little known history of 46 women who sued the magazine for gender discrimination in 1970. That story became a book, The Good Girls Revolt, by Newsweek's first female senior editor, Lynn Povich, and later a television series of the same name.
As a writer, Jessica has chronicled the power of women over 60, the evolution of Miss America, and wrote a tome about her Resting Bitch Face. She has profiled Monica Lewinsky, Paula Broadwell, Ellen Pao and written features on female pot entrepreneurs, NFL cheerleaders and stay-at-home dads, as well as a column on internet language.
As an editor, she launched The Times’ Overlooked obituaries project, which is now being adapted into a television series, produced a series showcasing college students’ stories of sexual consent, and hosted the Times' first women's summit, The New Rules. She was editor of #ThisIs18, a project to showcase the lives of 18-year-old girls around the world — which will be released as a photography book in November by Abrams. (Preorder it here!)
Jessica has spoken about journalism and women’s issues at leading institutions and government agencies, including the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, Harvard Business School, Thompson Reuters and others. Her work has been honored by the Society for Professional Journalists, the Newswomen’s Club of New York and the International Center of Photography.
Yes, she’s in a real-life feminist fight club.