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Tilted: A Lean In Podcast

Author: Rachel Thomas

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Tilted brings you conversations at the intersection of gender and culture – we dig into topics we’re curious about, highlight inspiring people and stories, and share expert advice to help you make the playing field a little less tilted. Hosted by Rachel Thomas, co-founder and CEO of Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In organization. 

17 Episodes
For far too long, women of color have been overlooked and underrepresented in U.S. politics. In this episode of Tilted, we talk to two women fighting tirelessly to change that—for the 2020 election and beyond. First, you’ll hear from Aimee Allison, the founder of She the People, about how she is building one of the country’s most influential political networks for women of color. Then, you'll hear from Lorella Praeli, who leads the political advocacy group Community Change. Lorella first jumped into politics to fight for the rights of undocumented students like herself, and then mobilized the Latinx vote for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign. Both of these women are courageous leaders challenging the status quo to build a much fairer, more equal political system for all of us. Tune in and find out how you can, too. More about our guests: - Aimee Allison is founder and president of She the People, a national network elevating the voice and power of women of color. A democratic innovator and visionary, Aimee leads national efforts to build inclusive, multiracial coalitions led by women of color. - Lorella Praeli is the co-president of Community Change, a national organization focused on building the political power of those most marginalized by injustice, especially low-income people of color. Sign-up for LeanIn.Org's newsletter here.  See for privacy and opt-out information.
We know big problems require big solutions. But change almost always starts small, with one person rolling up their sleeves and deciding to go all in. In this episode of Tilted, we talk to two people who did exactly that. Jamie Margolin and Shannon Watts both started grassroots movements aimed at addressing huge environmental and social challenges. They share stories from their early days as activists, tips for starting or joining a movement, and suggestions for driving change in your own life. More about our guests:  - Jamie Margolin is a Colombian-American writer, community organizer, and the founder of Zero Hour, an international youth climate justice movement that led the first Youth Climate March in Washington, D.C., and 25 other cities around the world. Youth To Power, her debut book, is a guide to change-making, with advice on pitching op-eds, organizing successful events and peaceful protests, utilizing media to spread a message, and sustaining long-term action.  - Shannon Watts is the founder of Moms Demand Action, a grassroots movement of Americans fighting for public safety measures that protect people from gun violence. Moms Demand Action has established a chapter in every state of the country and is part of Everytown for Gun Safety, the largest gun violence prevention organization in the country, with nearly six million supporters. In addition, Shannon is an active board member of Emerge America, one of the nation’s leading organizations for recruiting and training women to run for office. Sign-up for LeanIn.Org's newsletter here.  See for privacy and opt-out information.
Exhausted. Stressed. Anxious. Berating yourself for “not doing enough.” These are all signs of burnout—and too many women are intimately familiar with them. For years we’ve known burnout affects women more than men, and now COVID-19 has made it even worse. This week, we’re talking with two experts on burnout: Arianna Huffington, founder of The Huffington Post and Thrive Global, and Emily Nagoski, author of Burnout: The Secret to Unlocking the Stress Cycle. Arianna and Emily tell personal stories about burnout, teach us how to recognize it, and share tips for preventing and addressing it in our own lives.  See for privacy and opt-out information.
More than a third of Gen Zers know someone who uses gender-neutral pronouns. But the binary view of gender is still deeply ingrained in our society. For this episode of Tilted, we’re taking a close look at what it would mean to really break the gender mold. We talk to two amazing non-binary artists—Joey Soloway, creator of the hit TV series Transparent, and Jacob Tobia, actor, producer, and author of the memoir Sissy: A Coming-of-Gender Story—about their personal journeys with their gender identities and what we can all do to be more open and inclusive.  See for privacy and opt-out information.
Tilted explores topics at the intersection of gender and culture – and brings you conversations with people pushing for change. This season, we dig into how burnout is hitting women harder than men, how Gen Z is breaking the gender mold, how toxic masculinity is holding boys back – and more. Join host Rachel Thomas, co-founder and CEO of Lean In, on Tuesday, September 8 to learn how to make the playing field a little less tilted.  See for privacy and opt-out information.
This week we're sharing an episode from Hello Sunshine's How It Is podcast. No matter how much money we have (or don’t have), it shapes our identities in profound, surprising, and sometimes uncomfortable ways. Author Roxane Gay tells us why she won’t compromise on getting paid; comedian Ms. Pat shares the freedom that comes from breaking the cycle of poverty; and entrepreneur Shiza Shahid explains why women’s financial empowerment will change the world. Hosted by Diane Guerrero.  See for privacy and opt-out information.
How’s work going for you? Are you spending too much time at the office? Wondering where you can you go to get some answers about the workplace? This week we’re thrilled to sharing a bonus episode from our friends at Safe For Work, a podcast that’s all about helping you find balance and happiness in your career and life. Hosts Liz Dolan and Rico Gagliano give advice on everything from how to avoid burnout on the job to how to survive the holidays at work. Subscribe to Safe For Work wherever you get your podcasts.  See for privacy and opt-out information.
We worry about a lot of things when we go to the doctor, from “Am I OK” to “How much will this cost?” But we probably don’t think about whether our gender is affecting the care we receive – and it does. This week, Serena Williams and two leading doctors from the National Institutes of Health and Oregon Health & Science University join us to discuss bias in healthcare: why women are too often misdiagnosed, incorrectly treated, or not taken seriously enough.This episode is sponsored by ZipRecruiter (  See for privacy and opt-out information.
Under pressure to perform. On guard. Isolated. When you’re the only or one of the only women in the room, your workplace experience is significantly worse. We’re joined by experts from McKinsey, Stanford, and the Wall Street Journal to dig into new research on what it's like to be the only one, what companies can do about it, and why when a woman leaves her job, she’s not going home—she's going to your competitor.This episode is sponsored by Emma (  See for privacy and opt-out information.
These days, if we want to know something, we ask Alexa or Siri. We increasingly rely on artificial intelligence to help us make big (and sometimes wrong) decisions about who gets a job, who gets a mortgage, and who gets sent to prison. Few people realize just how much AI is shaped by existing information and the limitations of the people building it. We talked to experts from MIT and Cornell to understand how AI leads to unfair decision making and exacerbates bias—and what we can do about it.This episode is sponsored by ZipRecruiter (  See for privacy and opt-out information.
Between grade school and high school, girls’ confidence drastically drops—and feelings of “I’m not smart enough” and “I’m not good enough” become all too common. On this episode of Tilted, we talk to the author of “The Confidence Code for Girls,” Claire Shipman, founder of Girls Leadership, Rachel Simmons, and educators from KIPP and Girls’ Middle School about how we can all (not just parents) help girls be their best, most confident, and most resilient selves.This episode is sponsored by Emma (  See for privacy and opt-out information.
In the late ’90s, the rise of the WNBA and a record-breaking, nail-biting Women’s World Cup Final signaled things were changing in women’s sports. Nearly 20 years later, we ask: how much progress have we made? To answer that question, we chatted with FIFA Women's World Cup champions Julie Foudy and Brandi Chastain, current U.S. Women's National Soccer Team members Crystal Dunn and Sam Mewis, and the executive director of the Women's National Basketball Player Association, Terri Jackson.This episode is sponsored by ZipRecruiter (  See for privacy and opt-out information.
From El Salvador to Singapore, Spain to the U.S., women everywhere experience gender bias—and we all benefit from the support of other women, too. In this episode of Tilted, we talk to women who run Lean In Circles (small groups of peers who meet regularly to support one another and learn new skills together). They share their experiences with bias in their respective home countries and the things that unite us no matter where we live. To start or join a Circle, visit episode is sponsored by Emma (  See for privacy and opt-out information.
Ever heard someone say “I just don’t like her” about a woman running for office? So many of us judge women candidates more harshly than we judge men—and it’s driven by something called likeability bias (or the likeability penalty). On this episode of Tilted, you’ll hear directly from women who work in politics how this bias has played out in the past and why it might be changing for the thousands of women running for office this year.This episode is sponsored by ZipRecruiter (  See for privacy and opt-out information.
This week, Sheryl Sandberg, Phoebe Robinson, and Joanna Coles join moderator Sean Fennessey of The Ringer to answer questions submitted by men. They cover topics like what kind of sex jokes are appropriate to make at work (spoiler: none), why being liked is actually kind of overrated, and why you shouldn’t assume a five-foot-tall woman can’t carry a fully grown man out of a burning building.This episode is sponsored by Emma (  See for privacy and opt-out information.
Lights, camera… equality? Rachel heads to L.A. to find out if things are really changing for women in Hollywood. USC’s Stacy Smith walks us through the numbers (and why she’s newly optimistic). We visit Reese Witherspoon’s production company, Hello Sunshine, to chat with Head of TV & Film Lauren Levy Neustadter and showrunners Liz Tigelaar and Nichelle Tramble Spellman. And Eva Longoria shares her wisdom between takes—literally—while she directs her new show, Grand Hotel.This episode is sponsored by ZipRecruiter (  See for privacy and opt-out information.
Brought to you by Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In, Tilted explores the uneven playing field – the gender bias that lurks in unexpected places, the impact it has on our everyday lives, and how women are leaning in and driving change. Featuring Serena Williams, Eva Longoria, Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine team, Phoebe Robinson, Joanna Coles, Bozoma St. John, members of the U.S. Women’s soccer team, experts on everything from artificial intelligence to healthcare, and some very special surprise guests. Full episodes start October 9th.  See for privacy and opt-out information.
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