Institute Speaker/Panelist Bio

Caroline Heldman

Vice President, Research & Insights, Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media

Associate Professor, Occidental College, Los Angeles

Dr. Heldman is Vice President of Research and Insights at the Geena Davis Institute for Gender in Media and a Professor at Occidental College in Los Angeles. Her research specializes in media, the presidency, and systems of power (race, class, gender, disability, age, and body size). Dr. Heldman has authored six books, including Protest Politics in the Marketplace: Consumer Activism in the Corporate Age (Cornell University Press, 2017), Women, Power, and Politics: The Fight for Gender Equality in the United States (Oxford University Press, 2017), and Madame President? Gender & Politics on the Road to the White House (Lynne Reinner, 2020).

Dr. Heldman has been active in “real world” politics as a professional pollster, campaign manager, and commentator for CNN International and Spectrum One. She has also been featured in popular documentaries, including Missrepresentation, The Mask You Live In, The Hunting Ground, Informant, Equal Means Equal, and Liberated. Dr. Heldman was one of many women who went public with allegations of gender discrimination against Bill O’Reilly that led to his firing from Fox News. She splits her time between Los Angeles and New Orleans where she co-founded the New Orleans Women’s Shelter and the Lower Ninth Ward Living Museum. Dr. Heldman also co-founded End Rape on Campus (EROC), Faculty Against Rape (FAR), and End Rape Statute of Limitations (ERSOL).

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