Gillian Thomas + Irin Carmon

Thursday August 10: 7:00PM 8:00PM

Title VII: A federal law that prohibits employers from discriminating against employees on the basis of sex, race, color, national origin, and religion. It is regarded as a monumental achievement for the civil rights movement and revolutionized the workplace. The women affected by this new law soon realized they could challenge the status quo and demand equality in their jobs.

Join us in the Rare Book Room as Gillian Thomas share the plights of these women and her work as an attorney for civil rights as she is joined in conversation with columnist Irin Carmon.

This event is free and open to the public. Copies of Because of Sex and Notorious RBG will be available for purchase at the event. The event will be located in the Strand's 3rd floor Rare Book Room at our store at 828 Broadway at 12th Street.


Gillian Thomas is a Senior Staff Attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union Women’s Rights Project. She previously litigated sex discrimination cases at the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and Legal Momentum (formerly NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund). Her work has appeared in publications including The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Atlantic, and Slate, and she has been interviewed by NPR, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal, among others.

Irin Carmon has been described by The New York Times as being "known for her smarts and feminist bona fides," Irin Carmon is a journalist, author and speaker. She is a contributing writer to the Washington Post's Outlook section and the co-author of Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg (2015) which spent three months on the Times bestseller list. "That I responded so personally to it is a testimony to Ms. Carmon's storytelling and panache," the paper's staff book critic, Jennifer Senior, wrote of Notorious RBG.

From 2013-2016 Irin was a national reporter at MSNBC and NBC News, reporting on gender, politics, and the law, with a special emphasis on reproductive rights and the Supreme Court. She was previously a staff writer at Salon and at Jezebel. She is currently a distinguished fellow at the Athena Center for Leadership Studies at Barnard College, and has been a visiting fellow at the Program for the Study of Reproductive Justice at Yale Law School.

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