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Malia Politzer is the executive editor of piqd.com, and an award-winning long-form journalist based out of Spain. She specializes in reporting on migration, international development, human rights issues and investigative reporting.
Originally from California, she's lived in China, Spain, Mexico and India, and reported from various countries in Africa, Europe and the Middle East. Her primary beats relate to immigration, economics and international development. She has published articles in Huffington Post Highline, The Economist, The Wall Street Journal, Vogue India, Mint, Far Eastern Economic Review, Foreign Policy, Reason Magazine, and the Phoenix New Times. She is also a regular contributor to Devex.
Her Huffington Post Highline series, "The 21st Century Gold Rush" won awards from the National Association of Magazine Editors, Overseas Press Club, and American Society of Newspaper Editors. She's also won multiple awards for feature writing in India and the United States.
Her reporting has been supported by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, The Institute For Current World Affairs, and the Global Migration Grant.
Degrees include a BA from Hampshire College and MS from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, where was a Stabile Fellow at the Center for Investigative Journalism.
March 8th is International Women's Day—a day to celebrate how far we've come on issues related to women's rights, and to reflect on how far we still have to go.
Women play many different roles, and for those who choose to have children, motherhood is a big one. And an ongoing challenge for those who do choose to become parents is figuring out how to balance the demands of motherhood with career aspirations and other personal goals.
That's why I was excited to see a new podcast debut this month about the experiences of working mothers. Called The Double Shift, the podcast isn't about parenthood, or how to be a good mother—instead it explores the challenges and joys that women who are both mothers and also work face on a daily basis. From exploring what it's like to run for office as a woman with small children, to showcasing a unique childcare solution piloted in Las Vegas for shift workers, each episode highlights the experience of an individual woman, while asking more universal questions: How can we continue to do the things that we are passionate about, while also taking on the role of motherhood? What are some of the structural barriers that make it harder to do this, and how can they be addressed?
For those who are mothers, have mothers, or are interested in conversations about women's equality, it's a podcast worth listening to.