The Over-Achievers’ List, Women In Charge Edition

While digesting the selection of readings Irin Carmon chose for this, the debut of Mollie Chen’s Essay Club here on Medium, I happened, coincidentally, upon three more articles that seemed particularly relevant. The first two arrived on the scene last week (that of April 8, 2013); the third was tweeted this afternoon but originally published in 1993.

Figured I’d add ‘em to the pot, for kicks.

Nora Caplan-Bricker, “When Irony Backfires: Harvard students aren’t too cool to be sexist”

Marina Adshade, “Why Settle for a Princeton Man?”

Jonathan Gold, “A Woman’s Place: It’s No Longer Likely to Be in the Home, Where Her Man Is Being Creative”

Why did these articles speak to me? Probably because one of the things I’m most interested in is figuring out how we can change the trickle-down model that Sarah Jaffe writes so eloquently about. This requires looking at how the ivory-tower thinkers can start to brainstorm better ways to get their ideas out into the “real” world* and how that might include working with or co-opting the media to do so.

*The Real Housewives’ world, too, or, at least, its audience. Reality TV is a good place to start if you want to infiltrate pop culture.