Tune In for Our Panel on How to #StandUptoSexism

April 14, 2017

AAUW collaborated with Loose Films to create a video that depicts young women who have internalized the sexism they face on a daily basis.

AAUW’s #StandUptoSexism campaign has sparked lively conversation on social media, in the news, and in communities. AAUW and NYU Washington, DC, convened a series of panel conversations to keep this important dialogue going both online and off. Learn how to fight gender bias in your thoughts, at your workplace, and through your activism.


Past Events

(Not) All in Your Head: How Women Internalize Sexism

This panel focused on gendered microaggressions, their psychological impact, and the leadership gap.

Date: March 24, 2017
Time: 1 p.m. ET
Location: NYU Washington, D.C., 1307 L St. NW, Washington, DC 20005

Missed this panel? Check out the archived recording!


Soraya Chemaly @schemaly
Director of the Women’s Media Center Speech Project

Soraya Chemaly is a writer and activist whose work focuses on the role of gender in culture, politics, religion, and media. She is the director of the Women’s Media Center Speech Project and organizer of the Safety and Free Speech Coalition, both of which are involved in curbing online abuse, increasing media and tech diversity, and expanding women’s freedom of expression. In 2013 Chemaly won the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication’s Donna Allen Award for Feminist Advocacy and the Secular Woman Feminist Activism Award. In 2014 she was named one of Elle magazine’s 25 Inspiring Women to Follow on Twitter. She writes and speaks regularly about gender, media, tech, education, women’s rights, sexual violence, and free speech.

Soraya Chemaly


Abigail Sara Lewis @AAUWCampus
Vice President of AAUW Campus Leadership Programs

Abigail Sara Lewis, Ph.D., is the vice president of campus leadership programs for AAUW. Previously she worked at Barnard College as the associate dean of preprofessional advising and the associate director of the Athena Center for Leadership Studies, where she oversaw a curricular and experiential women’s leadership program, cofounded the first international undergraduate research journal focused on women’s leadership, and supervised student delegations that organized leadership training workshops for high school students in Brazil, China, France, and India. Lewis holds a doctorate in history and a certificate in women’s and gender studies from Rutgers University and master’s and bachelor’s degrees in African American studies from the University of California, Los Angeles, and Columbia University, respectively.

Abigail Lewis, AAUW VP Campus Leadership Programs

Gina C. Torino @SUNYEmpire
Associate Professor of Human Development at State University of New York Empire State College

Gina C. Torino, Ph.D., received her doctorate in counseling psychology from Columbia University in 2009 and is currently a licensed psychologist and associate professor of human development at State University of New York Empire State College. She has published widely in topics such as cultural competency development, microaggressions, white racial identity development, and how to teach strategies that promote cultural self-awareness. Recently Torino coauthored a research article on the Gender Microaggressions Scale, which measures gender-based microaggressions (subtle acts of sexism) directed toward women. Torino is also a coeditor of a forthcoming book entitled Microaggression Theory: Influence and Implication, which will examine the current and future state of research pertaining to microaggressions.

Photo of Gina Torino, Associate Professor of Human Development at State University of New York Empire State College

C. Nicole Mason @cnicolemason
Executive Director of the Center for Research and Policy in the Public Interest at the New York Womens Foundation

C. Nicole Mason is the author of Born Bright: A Young Girl’s Journey from Nothing to Something in America. For more than two decades Mason has worked on a range of pressing social issues from violence against women to reproductive justice to economic security. She is an Ascend fellow at the Aspen Institute in Washington, D.C., and is also the former executive director of the Women of Color Policy Network at New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. There she held the distinction of being one of the youngest scholar-practitioners to lead a major U.S. research center or think tank. Under her direction the Network became a leading authority and voice on public policies impacting women of color, low-income families, and communities of color. She also delivered a TEDTalk at TEDWomen 2016 on the courage to disrupt and the gift of being difficult.

Photo of Nicole Mason, Executive Director of the Center for Research and Policy in the Public Interest at the New York Women’s Foundation


The F-word: How to Be a Feminist in the Workplace

This panel focused on the challenges women face while navigating their feminism at work.

Date: April 14, 2017
Time: 1 p.m. ET
Location: NYU Washington, D.C., 1307 L St. NW, Washington, DC 20005

Missed this panel? Check out the archived recording!


Nicole Quiroga (@nicolequiroga)
General Manager of Telemundo WZDC-25 (Washington, D.C.) and WZTD-45 (Richmond, Virginia)

Nicole Quiroga is a television broadcaster with expertise in media sales, journalism, multicultural marketing, and strategic planning.  She is deeply passionate about educating and empowering Washington, D.C.’s Latino community. Quiroga mentors young women on their journey to becoming executives in the fields of media, communications, and journalism. She works with the National Hispana Leadership Institute and the Latino Student Fund to provide one-on-one coaching and tutoring sessions to young girls and women between the ages of 12 and 25. In 2014 Quiroga received Governor Martin O’Malley’s Outstanding Media Award, the Women Who Mean Business Award from the Washington Business Journal, and the Public Service Leadership Award from the Hispanic Heritage Foundation.


Jennifer Dziura (@jendziura)
Writer and Founder of GetBullish.com

Jennifer Dziura is the founder of GetBullish.com, an advice site for career-minded feminists. She writes about class and gender issues in business, assertiveness, multiple income streams, and the value of women talking openly about money, careers, privilege, and influence. She doesn’t believe in telling women to act like men in order to succeed. She believes in risk taking, negotiating better by being genuinely willing to walk away, gentlewomanly living, gravitas, and helping other women. Dziura started her first company, an internet marketing firm, during her sophomore year at Dartmouth College, where she majored in philosophy (and was, at one point, the first woman captain of the newly reformed boxing team). She is the author or coauthor of many books and products about the GMAT and GRE, math, vocabulary, and logic and speaks at universities about designing your own career, networking without being “fake,” and defining your personal mission.

Avis Jones-DeWeever (@SistahScholar)
Author and Founder/CEO of the Exceptional Leadership Institute for Women

Avis Jones-DeWeever, Ph.D., is the author of the award-winning book How Exceptional Black Women Lead: Unlocking the Secrets to Creating Phenomenal Success in Career and in Life and the founder and CEO of the Exceptional Leadership Institute for Women, a global personal and professional development firm grounded in supporting diverse leadership. Jones-DeWeever served as the keynote speaker to President Barack Obama’s inaugural Young African Leaders Summit. She is a regular guest host and contributor to TV One’s NewsOne Now, PBS’ To the Contrary, Sirius XM Radio’s The Agenda, and the Huffington Post. Her views have also been shared on a variety of additional outlets including CNN, C-SPAN, BET, NBC, BBC, NPR, the Washington Post, and the Atlantic.

Patricia Valoy (@PatriciaValoy)
Latina Feminist Activist, Blogger, and Civil Engineer

Patricia Valoy combines her experiences as a Latina, a feminist, and an engineer to advocate for and inspire girls considering careers in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. She received her bachelor of sciences degree from Columbia University, where she concentrated in construction management and structural engineering. Valoy’s work mostly revolves around the Latino/a community, feminism, cultural identity, gender stereotypes, and workplace sexism. She has been featured as a guest on the NPR show Latino USA with Maria Hinojosa. A speaker on transnational feminism, she has also been the featured speaker at Williams College in Massachusetts and at Columbia University discussing feminism and women in STEM. Her writings can be found at online outlets Mic, Everyday Feminism, Double X Science, and STEMinist.

Suzannah Weiss (@suzannahweiss)

Suzannah Weiss is a freelance writer focused on gender issues, sex and relationships, and women’s health. She writes daily for Glamour, Refinery29, and Bustle and has also been published in the Washington Post, the Village Voice, Vice, Cosmopolitan, and the anthology Here We Are: Feminism for the Real World. She holds hold a bachelor of science degree in cognitive neuroscience and a bachelor of arts degree in gender and sexuality studies and modern culture and media with honors from Brown University, where she received the Barbara Banks Brodsky Prize for Excellence in Real World Writing and the Pembroke Center for Teaching and Research on Women Undergraduate Fellowship. Weiss has conducted research for Brown’s Social Cognitive Science Research Center, Humanity-Centered Robotics Initiative, and Pembroke Center for Teaching and Research on Women.