As co-executive producer and showrunner for Viceland’s Woman, Joanna Forscher ‘02 is working with a team of female journalists exploring human rights and violence against women—and how that violence drives global instability. Hosted by executive producer Gloria Steinem, the docuseries has traveled the world to report on rape as a weapon of war in the Democratic Republic of Congo, unacknowledged murdered and missing women in Canada, femicide in El Salvador, the women of FARC, and the incarceration of mothers in the United States. A Classical and Near Eastern Archeology major, Forscher has worked on documentaries for the History Channel, the Discovery Channel, and NBC.
ALUMNA LEADS NORTH CAROLINA ACLU
Karen Anderson ’79 has been named executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of North Carolina. A philosophy major at Bryn Mawr, Anderson is a passionate civil libertarian who previously served as president of the board of the ACLU of New Hampshire and as that affiliate’s representative on the National ACLU Board.
Before taking on her new role in North Carolina, she spent the past 15 years as director of administration and finance for the Office of the New Hampshire Public Defender. In previous positions, she has served as a human resources consultant in Denver; at various human resources positions at the University of Denver; as a litigator with Gray & Hahn, PC; as associate director of Prairie Legal Services in Rockford, Illinois; and as a litigation associate with Nixon, Hargraves, Devans & Doyle (now Nixon Peabody) in Washington, D.C.
Anderson, who also studied philosophy and history at the University of Edinburgh, holds a J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School.
THE LARGER STORY
As a sociology major, Kaitlin Menza ’09 is using what she learned in Bryn Mawr classrooms in a journalism career that has seen her covering a range of issues—pop culture, women’s health, politics.
One recent series, a digital series undertaken for Marie Claire, takes a look at women and guns in America. The first of its kind in a women’s magazine, the piece shows all sides of the topic via commissioned essays from Hillary Clinton and Carly Fiorina, video interviews with women who have lost family members to gun violence, an in-depth look at Chicago women in gangs, surveys, photo shoots, and reported features.
“We took pains to make sure the series was balanced and that it portrayed all sides of the gun debate,” Menza says.
Menza got a lot of practice in journalistic objectivity while at Bryn Mawr—as a co-editor at the College News and in multiple magazine and newspaper internships. Plus her sociology major was a perfect fit for a career devoted to professional curiosity.
“Writing allows me to dive deeply into one topic at a time,” she says, “whether that be for a year or for an afternoon. My major informed my worldview and encouraged me to identify patterns and problems in society that tell a larger story. I am constantly on the hunt for those stories.
“I took many classes with Bob Washington—Deviance and Theory among them,” she adds, “and he was an essential figure in my development as a thinker and citizen. Though it’s not the academic path of sociology, journalism has been a wonderful use of my major, and it’s with me every single day.”
“Women and Guns” opens with statistics gathered from a survey conducted by Harvard’s Injury Control Research Center about the gun beliefs of 2,000 American women. For Menza, who assisted in analyzing and synthesizing the results, the experience harkened back to those Bryn Mawr days.
“I couldn’t wait to share the work with my sociology professor Nate Wright, who had guided me through the (rather painful, for me!) sociology statistics class,” she says. “Who would have thought I’d actually be putting that info to real use, in work that would be commented on in the 2016 presidential election?”
To read “Women and Guns,” visit www.marieclaire.com/politics/a18016/women-and-guns/.
A SUPERDELEGATE SPEAKS
Elaine Kamarck ’72, a scholar at the Brookings Institute and Democratic Party superdelegate, was interviewed on the ThinkProgress website in May. Kamarck, who wrote the book on the U.S. primary system—Primary Politics: Everything You Need to Know about How America Nominates Its Presidential Candidates—spoke about the past, present, and future of superdelegates.
Shedding light on the system, she told the interviewer, “You have to remember, nominations are party business. It’s not a public race. Political parties are not in the Constitution, but they are protected by the First Amendment’s right of free association. There’s no constitutional guarantee that you can participate in the activity of a party. They’re a funny, semi-public organization.
“And for most of history, superdelegates were the only ones picking nominees. You couldn’t go to a convention unless you had some kind of tie to the party, either being elected on its ticket or working really hard in the party. The notion that voters would pick the nominee was foreign all the way from 1831 to 1972. And in most democracies in the world, voters don’t get to choose the nominee of the party. Because this has become such a public process here, people have forgotten that, in the end, the parties get to decide who is a Democrat and who is a Republican.”
In what might be one of the most closely watched election seasons in modern memory, a number of Bryn Mawr alumnae have thrown their hats in the ring. The following Mawrters are running for office:
- Tiffany Stenglein ’06 for State Senate in Minnesota, District 10 (www.tiffanystenglein.com/);
- Tony Thurmond, M.S.S. ’95, M.L.S.P. ’95, for reelection to the California Assembly for District 15 (www.tonythurmond.com/);
- Thida Cornes ’90 for City Council in Mountain View, California (www.thidacornes.com/); and
- Meg Froelich ’85 for Colorado’s State House of Representatives in District 3 (www.froeforco.com/).
The Silicon Valley Business Journal has named Radhika Iyengar-Emens ’86 as one of its 2016 Women of Influence. A senior consultant with Paradigms Consulting Group, Iyengar-Emens handles strategic marketing, business strategy, and execution. She has worked at Fortune 500 companies and co-founded two Silicon Valley startups…. The Association of Food Journalists has given Jessica B. Harris ’68 its 2016 Carol DeMasters Service to Food Journalism Award in recognition of her significant and lasting contributions to the field. Known for her research on African and African-American contributions to the culinary world, Harris was awarded the International Association of Culinary Professionals’ 2016 Food History Award for her book, High on the Hog: A Culinary Journey from Africa to America…. Claire Brandon ‘08 curated a solo exhibition of the drawings and animations of Shahzia Sikander at the Asia Society’s Hong Kong Center. The Pakistani-born artist takes Indo-Persian miniature painting as the point of departure for her work. The exhibition Shahzia Sikander: Apparatus of Power dealt with colonialism in Hong Kong’s past and present. A double major in history of art and romance languages, Brandon is currently a Ph.D. candidate at the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University…. Meagan Corrado, M.S.S. ’09, a licensed clinical social worker in the Philadelphia/Camden areas, has published Storiez: A Guide for Therapists, an intervention guide for clinicians working with inner city youth. Designed to help these young people create and voice their stories, Storiez outlines strategies to provide culturally sensitive, strengths-based trauma treatment. To find out more about Corrado’s work, visit storiezguide.com…. California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. has appointed Lisa R. Jaskol ’81 to the Los Angeles County Superior Court. Since 2007, she has been directing attorney of Public Counsel Law Center’s Appellate Law Program and before that was a partner at Horvitz and Levy. In previous roles, she has served as directing attorney of Public Counsel Law Center’s Homelessness Prevention Law Project, as an associate at Irell and Manella LLP from 1989 to 1991, and as a law clerk for the Honorable Harry Pregerson. Jaskol earned her J.D. from Yale Law School and her M.A. from the University of Chicago.