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She Roars

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After some 50 years of coeducation, the women of Princeton University have roared to the forefront of just about every walk of life. From the Supreme Court to the U.S. Congress; from operating rooms and newsrooms to boardrooms and classrooms; from laboratories, war zones and trading floors to stages, startups and writing desks — Princeton women have penetrating views on things that matter. These are change-makers in the service of humanity.
26 Episodes
Princeton is joining other universities around the world by responding to coronavirus in striking and innovative ways. From new, pandemic-related research to solutions-driven engineering; from philosophical and social inquiry to digital adaptations, student support, community service, entrepreneurialism and more — the greater Princeton community is doubling down on our core mission and strengthening our bonds. … Continue reading "‘We Roar’: A new Princeton University podcast about coronavirus (COVID-19) and our community"
Celebrated playwright and theater director Emily Mann was raised, if not born, to “make trouble.” Growing up on the South Side of Chicago during the height of the civil rights movement, she decided at an early age that theater was her best tool for effecting change. Her stage career blossomed in step with the feminist … Continue reading "Emily Mann: On 30 years of ‘making trouble’ in America’s theater world"
Catherine Riihimaki knows her way around environmental issues. She’s a geoscientist and a science communications expert with the Princeton Council on Science and Technology. From that perch, she works with colleagues across the University to help educate a STEM-literate society through formal and informal experiences. Her newest channel is “All for Earth” – a podcast … Continue reading "Catherine Riihimaki: On her new environmental podcast called ‘All for Earth’"
Maribel Hernandez Rivera, a graduate alumna from 2010, reflects on her childhood experience as an undocumented immigrant and now champion of immigrant rights. She attributes her personal success — measured in scholarships from Phillips Exeter Academy, Harvard, Princeton and NYU — to extraordinary luck and exceptional mentors. Maribel has deployed her education towards improving immigration … Continue reading "Maribel Hernandez Rivera: On immigration"
Jo first came to Princeton as a postdoc in 2006, when she worked on data from the Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe (WMAP), a space telescope that took the universe’s earliest baby pictures. When she ran her code on that data, she was briefly the only person in the world to know the precise age of … Continue reading "Jo Dunkley: On studying the origins of the universe — and sharing her love of space with the public"
Wendy Kopp, Class of 1989, was a groundbreaking social entrepreneur long before the term was invented. She conceptualized Teach for America as part of her senior thesis and founded the organization shortly after graduation. It is based a single big idea: the most promising future leaders coming out of college could have profound social impact … Continue reading "Wendy Kopp: On 30 years of educational disruption"
Juliet Eilperin, Class of 1992, is a journalist for The Washington Post with an unusual pair of specialties: congressional politics and the environment. Juliet’s first book was “Fight Club Politics: How Partisanship is Poisoning the House of Representatives.” She began covering environmental issues in 2004 and shares her views on the challenges of that beat … Continue reading "Juliet Eilperin: On swimming with sharks in Washington, D.C., and beyond"
Stephanie Mash Sykes, Class of 2004, is eyeing the future of American cities. As executive director of the African American Mayors Association, she’s focused on the panoply of issues facing black urban leaders today — from demographic trends that are re-shaping their constituencies to new technologies that are re-defining political engagement. She discusses the new wave … Continue reading "Stephanie Mash Sykes: On city politics and African American mayors"
Online journalist Maria Ressa, Class of 1986, knows the best and the worst of social media. It helped drive the Philippines-based news site she co-founded, called Rappler, to 300% growth rates in its early years. Today, she warns that the weaponization of social media threatens the very existence of Rappler, free speech, her own freedom, … Continue reading "Maria Ressa: On the existential threat facing free speech, journalism and democracy around the world"
Emily Carter, the outgoing dean of Princeton’s School of Engineering and Applied Science, looks back on 15 years at Princeton and forward to her new job as the second-ranking executive officer of UCLA. Her vision for UCLA is grand, inclusive, service-focused … and distinctly urban.  “Basically,” she explains, “the way cities go is the way the … Continue reading "Emily Carter: On universities in the service of humanity at Princeton and beyond"
Joanne Ramos, Class of 1995, tackles issues that are both timely and eternal in her powerful new novel exploring surrogacy as big business. She shines a light on social class, immigration, and the trade-offs women often make to secure independence and their children’s future.  Joanne’s plot imagines a world just over the horizon from existing surrogacy … Continue reading "Joanne Ramos: On motherhood, literature and her fictional debut"
Jen Rexford, Class of 1991 and chair of Princeton’s computer science department, has seen it all. From tinkering with the first consumer PCs in 1984 to saving the internet as we know it, Jen has been at the forefront of her field during an epoch of extraordinary advancement … and there’s much more to come. … Continue reading "Jennifer Rexford: On the exciting, exponentially enriching delights of a computational life"
Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi, Class of 2000, has produced and directed award-winning documentaries all over the world, most recently the jaw-dropping “Free Solo,” for which she won the 2019 Academy Award for Best Documentary Film. In the film, Chai documents the physical and emotional journeys of world-class climber Alex Honnold as he attempts to summit Yosemite’s … Continue reading "Chai Vasarhelyi: On making a difference through film — and winning an Oscar"
PowerPoint presentations on global warming aren’t usually met with standing ovations, but Kathleen Biggins and her group of traveling speakers are getting used to them — even in the most conservative communities they visit. Their roadshow is called C-Change Conversations. They bring it to the curious and the skeptical in country clubs, rotary clubs, garden … Continue reading "Kathleen Biggins: On changing minds about climate change – one non-partisan conversation at a time"
How hard could it be? After working her way through Georgetown, Harvard, Stanford and now Princeton, Sadaf Jaffer has just become the mayor of Montgomery Township in New Jersey. Sadaf is the state’s first mayor from the South Asian community and she’s committed to ensuring that she is not the last. But that’s just in … Continue reading "Sadaf Jaffer: On breaking political boundaries"
Lynn Loo, a 2001 graduate alumna and director of the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment, says this is an “all-hands-on-deck” moment for everyone with skills or technology to address climate change. She describes the Andlinger Center’s mission to mobilize engineers such as herself and academics across the University to form partnerships with each … Continue reading "Lynn Loo: On climate change and the “all-hands-on-deck” moment"
Mellody Hobson, Class of 1991, speaks out on the latest episode of the “She Roars” podcast to demystify principles of investing and discuss her own efforts to combat dangerously high rates of financial illiteracy in America today. “I find that children become the gateway drug to parents, and I mean that in the best way. … Continue reading "Mellody Hobson: On being a national leader in financial literacy"
Courtney Banghart, head coach of Princeton’s women’s basketball team, “talks the walk” about team building, shedding fears of failure and taking every three-point shot that opens up in life. She discusses basketball, too — as well as the surreal experience of joining the Pope and Bill & Melinda Gates on Fortune Magazine’s list of 50 … Continue reading "Courtney Banghart: On taking every three-point shot that opens up in life"
As deputy director of science and technology for Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Patricia Falcone ’74 has been at the forefront of women in science since becoming one of the first female engineering majors at Princeton. She now oversees the strategic development of Livermore’s scientific capabilities and is responsible for its collaborative research with academia and … Continue reading "Patricia Falcone: On women in science and weird stories from the front lines"
Laura Trevelyan, host of BBC World News America and Princeton parent, has a rare perspective on the United States’ role in the world. She covered her first U.S. presidential election campaign in 2004 and began focusing on the United Nations in 2006. It all became personal in 2016 when the British-born journalist was sworn in as … Continue reading "Laura Trevelyan: On Brexit, America’s role in the world and ‘having it all’ at the same time"
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