You can find an excerpt of Lauren’s Q&A featured in her Power Women List profile below.
What steps still need to be taken to increase gender parity?
We don’t need to define the steps again because we all know them and haven’t yet acted as individuals — pay women the same, elevate women at the same rate, don’t diminish their
opinions when they speak up, and help out more at home so they have greater capacity and energy as they participate in every aspect of society. Don’t just recognize that women’s needs are sometimes different — embrace it by providing space for radically different actions at all levels of private and public life every single day.
What can New York policymakers do to support the interests of women across the state?
As Ruth Bader Ginsburg famously responded when asked how many of the nine judges on the Supreme Court should be female and she answered “nine . . . because nine men had been a satisfactory number until 1981” — what spaces have we not yet brought women in for their opinion and, most importantly, given them power rather than just place? Imagine what could be accomplished if we not only invited equal representation, but followed through and listened.
If you could have dinner with any three women from history, who would they be and why?
Betty Friedan — I would have loved to hear the most memorable conversations of the thousands she must have had at kitchen tables across the country and to ask who she called at midnight when she needed advice.
Zora Neale Hurston — Anyone who can write so beautifully and capture the human spirit with such simplicity of words would be an exceptional dinner companion. And she knew how to make an entrance.
Iris Apfel — Her combination of creativity, business savvy, and indomitable sense of adventure with her husband in their decades-long love story is iconic.
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