How do feminist businesses balance profit and purpose? Does ‘the sisterhood’ really work for everyone?
Our daily digital ThinkIns are exclusively for Tortoise members and their guests.Try Tortoise free for four weeks to unlock your complimentary tickets to all our digital ThinkIns.If you’re already a member and looking for your ThinkIn access code you can find it in the My Tortoise > My Membership section of the app next to ‘ThinkIn access code’.We’d love you to join us.Does ‘the sisterhood’ work for everyone or are women unfairly judged and held to a different standard or is toxic workplace culture systemic? Audrey Gelman, co-founder of upmarket women-only members’ club and co-working space The Wing, resigned in June following accusations of systemic mistreatment of her company’s Black and brown employees. The Wing has won over 100m in funding and has been marketed as an intersectional feminist haven where all women are welcome. Christene Barberich, editor-in-chief of Refinery29 which is marketed as a progressive feminist women’s media brand, also stepped down in June after former employees took to Twitter to describe Refinery29’s “toxic company culture where white women’s egos ruled”. There are those who say a private members’ club and a lifestyle magazine are anachronistic to feminism anyway but are women being unfairly discriminated against?Chair: Basia Cummings, Editor and Partner, TortoiseOur special guests include: Yomi Adegoke is a multi-award winning journalist who is currently the woman’s columnist at The Guardian and the i paper. She is also co-author of the bestselling book Slay In Your Lane: The Black Girl Bible.Ilana Kaplan is a New Jersey-born writer and editor based in Brooklyn. With over 11 years experience, she has had columns at VICE, Refinery29 and Observer and previously held positions as the U.S. culture reporter for The Independent and as a contributing editor at PAPER Magazine. Her work has been published in The New York Times, New York Magazine, The Los Angeles Times, Rolling Stone, NPR, GQ, Vanity Fair, Vogue, Pitchfork, Variety, Billboard, etc.Jessa Crispin is a columnist for the Guardian US, as well as a contributor to publications The Baffler, The Boston Review, The New York Times. She is the author of The Dead Ladies Project and Why I Am Not a Feminist: A Feminist Manifesto. She is the co-author of the Screaming Women zine with Jen May. She currently lives in Baltimore.How does a digital ThinkIn work?A digital ThinkIn is like a video conference, hosted by a Tortoise editor, that takes place at the advertised time of the event. Digital ThinkIns are new to Tortoise. Now that our newsroom has closed due to the coronavirus outbreak, we feel it’s more important than ever that we ‘get together’ to talk about the world and what’s going on.The link to join the conversation will be emailed to you after you have registered for your ticket to attend. When you click the link, you enter the digital ThinkIn and can join a live conversation from wherever you are in the world. Members can enter their unique members’ access code to book tickets. Find yours in My Tortoise > My Membership in the Tortoise app.If you have any questions or get stuck, please read our FAQs, or get in touch with us at email@example.comWhat is a Tortoise ThinkIn?A ThinkIn is not another panel discussion. It is a forum for civilised disagreement. It is a place where everyone has a seat at the (virtual) table. It’s where we get to hear what you think, drawn from your experience, energy and expertise. It is the heart of what we do at Tortoise.