While women make up half the population, you may have noticed that women's health is treated like a niche category.
Today on the podcast to talk about innovation (or the historical lackthereof) in women's health is Amanda French, co-founder and CEO of Emme, a healthcare technology company that wants to bring birth control out of the 1950s.
Emme recently launched the first Smart Case for birth control (and accompanying app) to help pill users better manage their health and never miss a pill again.
Amanda talks about why she decided to create the first Smart Case for birth control, how it works, and the problems it solves. She discusses why there is such a lack of innovation and funding in the women’s health category, and how male-centric design perpetuates failures in products for women's reproductive health. She also talks about the historical "women's health information gap" and how FemTech, and investments in women-focused healthcare solutions, can address it.
Find Emme on all the social platforms, below!
While accepting her Academy Award for Best Actress in 2018, Frances McDormand shouted out a word that set the internet aflutter: Inclusion Rider.
In a 2019 Femtastic Oscars Edition podcast, Katie interviewed one of the co-authors of the inclusion rider, law partner in civil rights and employment, Kalpana Kotagal, to introduce us to the concept. An inclusion rider is a clause added onto a contract, and usually an A-lister's contract, that requires diversity both on-screen and off in the hiring for Hollywood productions.
Today, Kalpana and fellow co-author Fanshen Cox, head of strategic outreach at Pearl Street Films, join the podcast to give us an update on how the Inclusion Rider has changed Hollywood since 2018. Hint: You've probably watched a film or TV show that was produced using an inclusion rider. ;)
What successes have they had in building the inclusion rider into productions? What challenges and push-back have they encountered, and where do we go next? How can those of us that don't work in Hollywood support the inclusion rider, both via the entertainment we consume AND how we bring the principles of the inclusion rider into our own organizations?
- Color of Change's Inclusion Rider Explainer Video
- Kalpana and Fanshen's Refinery29 op-ed on the latest version of the Inclusion Rider
- Kalpana Kotagal on Twitter: @KalpanaKotagal
- Fanshen Cox on Twitter: @Fanshen
- Cohen Milstein on Twitter: @CohenMilstein
- Pearl Street Films on Twitter: @pearlstreet