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Literature, Leadership and Lunch 2017

ctgca lit and lunch 2017 invite

About Our Authors

Barbara Babcock

Barbara Babcock is the first woman appointed to the Stanford Law regular faculty, as well as the first to hold an endowed chair and the first emerita at Stanford Law School. Her most recent work, memoir Fish Raincoats, details her life as a trailblazing feminist in American law. Throughout her career, Babcock has taught and written in the fields of civil and criminal procedure and pioneered the study of women in the legal profession. Her novel, Woman Lawyer, tells the story of Clara Foltz, the first woman admitted to the California Bar. Woman Lawyer uncovers the legal reforms and societal contributions of a woman celebrated in her day, but lost to history until now.

Marianne Cooper

Marianne Cooper is a prominent sociologist at the Clayman Institute for Gender Research at Stanford University and an affiliate at the Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality. She is an expert on gender, women’s leadership, diversity, inclusion, financial insecurity, and economic inequality. Cooper’s most recent book, Cut Adrift: Families in Insecure Times, makes an important and original contribution to the national conversation about inequality and risk in American society. Through poignant case studies, she reveals what families are concerned about, how they manage their anxiety, whose job it is to worry, and how social class shapes all of these dynamics, including what is even worth worrying about in the first place. Marianne was the lead researcher for Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg and is a contributor to

Elizabeth McKenzie

Elizabeth McKenzie is the author of the novel The Portable Veblen, long listed for the 2016 National Book Award. Her collection, Stop That Girl, was short listed for The Story Prize, and her novel MacGregor Tells the World was a Chicago Tribune, San Francisco Chronicle and Library Journal Best Book of the year. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, Best American Nonrequired Reading, and the Pushcart Prize anthology, and has been recorded for NPR’s Selected Shorts. She currently teaches creative writing at Stanford’s school of continuing studies.