Divided States of Women with Liz Plank
I served as an associate producer for this docu-series, which was a joint venture between Vox Media and Comcast. The series aired on Comcast's digital platform Watchable as well as Facebook and the DSOW official website.
My role included:
- booking and conducting on-camera interview with Ushshi
- working closely with video editor and other producers on the episode narrative to ensure flow, cohesion and factual accuracy
- Fact-checking the script and graphics in post production
- Finding and licensing all necessary archival material, which includes video clips and photographs
Divided States of Sexual Violence
November 2, 2017
This episode aims to answer: Most perpetrators of sexual violence are men, so why do we call it a women’s issue? The DSOW team spoke with masculinity expert Jackson Katz about why sexual violence is not reframed as an issue that also affects men. We also spoke to NJ based teacher Nicholas Ferroni and his students about their Boys to Men club and the role young men want to play in gender equality.
Divided States of Body Image
November 9, 2017
Is it enough for a woman to “love her curves” if she gets paid less because of how she looks? There are significant and systemic disadvantages obese and overweight people experience in society that go beyond self-acceptance. (And women pay a higher cost because of weight discrimination than men.) DSOW spoke to writer & activist Ushshi Rahman and attorney Emily Martin to break down the weight discrimination.
Divided States of Social Media
November 16, 2017
Why do we shame young women for using social media when it has the power to change the world? In this episode, we tackled the stigma surrounding "internet activism." We interview Vilissa Thompson, the disability activist who started the hashtag #DisabilityTooWhite, and Mari Colpeny, who is more famously referred to as Little Miss Flint.
Divided States of American History
December 7, 2017
Why are there so few monuments dedicated to women? This episode addressed which sort of historical figures actually get recognized. American history does not give women equal representation, and that’s reflected in our statues. We spoke to Sarah Eagle Heart, an indigenous rights activist, what it means to be left out of history.
Divided States of Bias
December 21, 2017
In this episode, Divided States of Women talks to two experts, Vernā Myers and Dr. Corey Williams, about why it is so hard to confront our unconscious biases, why we absolutely have to and some tips to identify these behaviors in our own lives.
Divided States of Motherhood
January 24, 2018
There’s a lot of pressure on mothers to be perfect, but it's a toxic concept. In this episode, Divided States of Women digs into the unfair standards around ability and child-rearing. We talk to Robyn Powell, an expert on disability law and a mother who has battled being considered “unsuitable” for parenting, but is doing so successfully, joyfully, and lovingly.
Divided States of Difficult Conversations
March 15, 2018
This episode of Divided States of Women tackles the subject of talking across difference, specifically across political differences. Is it necessary? Is it possible? Is it worth the energy? Liz Plank sits down with comedians Negin Farsad and Akilah Hughes and filmmaker Faz Aslam to talk about how and when to have difficult conversations you probably don’t want to be having.