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 was The New York Times’ first-ever gender editor, leading an initiative to expand coverage of women across platforms, and is author of the bestselling book, Feminist Fight Club: A Survival Manual for a Sexist Workplace (HarperCollins), which has been translated into 14 languages and is being adapted for television.
As a writer, Jessica’s specialty lies at the intersection of gender, culture, sex, drugs, language and the absurd. She has chronicled the rise of women over 60, the strange, post-#MeToo evolution of Miss America, profiled the world’s first pot critic, and recently spent time inside the newer, woker, more millennial Playboy (or at least, that’s what its editors hope). She has profiled Monica Lewinsky, Paula Broadwell, Ellen Pao, E. Jean Carroll and occasionally writes a column on internet language, which once included a tome about her Resting Bitch Face.
As an editor, Jessica launched The Times’ Overlooked obituaries project to provide long-overdue obituaries to the women who never received them, which is now being adapted for television. She partnered with Modern Love to produce a project about the “gray zone” of sexual consent and was editor of This Is 18, a photography project to showcase the lives of 18-year-old girls around the world which will be released as a book by Abrams in November. (Preorder it here!)
Jessica began her career at Newsweek, where she was a staff writer. 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 an Amazon television series of the same name.
Jessica has spoken about journalism and women at leading institutions and agencies, including the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, Harvard Business School, Thompson Reuters and The Times, where she hosts The New Rules Summit, an annual conference on women and work. Her work has been honored by the Society for Professional Journalists, the Newswomen’s Club of New York, the New York Press Club and the International Center of Photography.
Yes, she’s in a real-life feminist fight club.