Changing Our Language to Create Progress with Elizabeth Plank
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Elizabeth Plank started her journey in journalism after being outraged with a women’s boxing controversy in the 2012 Olympics. From there she realized that she could make the biggest impact through this medium.  John Liz and Alaa as they discuss objectivity, her foray into writing a book on the current view of masculinity, not being complicit but remembering how much power you have as a citizen of the world, and much more.

Being At The Table means:

“Active listening. Really listening to someone, not just waiting for them to be done so that you can say what you want to say. I feel such a privilege to get to listen to so many different people in my fields of work, and it is a real honor for me to get to do that” – Elizabeth Plank

Highlights from the Conversation:

  • The white male perspective has become the standard for objectivity however there is no such thing as objectivity. 
  • Why she felt the need to write a book about mindful masculinity and gender perspective
  • The power of language in the media and how it changes the focus of what is important
  • The varying definitions of what a feminist is
  • How microaggressions are not truly micro
  • Viewing success in journalism through the metric of mental health
  • And More…

About the Guest:

Liz Plank is an award-winning journalist and was the executive producer and host of several critically acclaimed digital series at Vox Media and NBC News. She is a columnist for MSNBC and has been listed as one of Forbes’ 30 Under 30, Marie Claire’s Most Powerful Women, and one of the World’s Most Influential People in Gender Policy by Apolitical. She’s built a loyal following on numerous social media platforms, but her proudest accomplishment by far remains being blocked by the 45th president of the United States.



About the Host:

Alaa Murabit is an award-winning medical doctor, global security strategist, women’s rights advocate and United Nations High-Level Commissioner on Health, Employment & Economic Growth and Sustainable Development Goal Global Advocate.

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