New Episode of Ms.’s On the Issues Podcast—Cheated: Every Woman’s Story (with Tracey Meares)


On the Issues with Michele Goodwin is a popular, issues and policy-focused podcast featuring feminist analysis, insightful conversations and exciting guests. This is the first podcast from Ms.magazine, a legacy feminist publication. In each bi-weekly episode, host Dr. Michele Goodwin and special guests will tackle the most compelling issues of our times, centering feminist concerns about rebuilding our nation and advancing the promise of equality. 

A new episode—Cheated: Every Woman’s Story (with Tracey Meares)—is available now on Apple PodcastsSpotify and

In this episode, Dr. Goodwin is joined by law professor Tracey Meares to break down the many ways in which girls and women in the U.S. are denied, passed over, and even cheated of opportunities they have earned—at school, in college, graduate school, the work environment, and even in government. Prof. Meares shares her own story of being denied—and the two ask: how do we move ahead in light of social, political and other forces that hold women, girls, and those of other marginalized backgrounds back?

A full transcript of the episode may be found here, as well as a few excerpts below:

“I think the thing that was hardest for me to understand was why over the years when I have achieved so much. You don’t want to be full of that kind of hubris, but I’ve achieved a lot. It was perplexing to me that a place like Springfield, Illinois would not want to claim me as their own.” —Tracey Meares

“For people who are leaders of institutions, regardless of how the person that was denied or you literally denied, you have an important opportunity to make things or attempt to redress wrongs. You can do that regardless of what that person’s response is. The obligation…I call it an obligation but certainly the opportunity remains the same.” —Tracey Meares

Meet the Host of On the Issues: Dr. Michele Goodwin is a frequent contributor to Ms. Magazine and on She is a Chancellor’s Professor at the University of California, Irvine and also serves on the executive committee and national board of the ACLU. Dr. Goodwin is a prolific author and an elected member of the American Law Institute, as well as an elected Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and the Hastings Center. Her most recent book, Policing The Womb: Invisible Women and The Criminalization of Motherhood is described as a “must read.”

About Ms. Magazine: Co-founded by Gloria Steinem in 1972 and published by the Feminist Majority Foundation since 2001, Ms. magazine has been a trusted, popular source for feminist news and information in print and online for nearly 50 years. Ms.’s time-honored traditions of an emphasis on in-depth investigative reporting and feminist political analysis have never been more relevant, bringing a new generation of writers and readers together to share news, analysis, research and strategies for fighting back and moving forward, for shaping the future.


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