The Waves

Is Theranos Founder Elizabeth Holmes Still a Girlboss?

The idea of the #girlboss has been on trial recently, and so is Holmes.


Episode Notes

On this week’s episode of The Waves, Slate Money co-host Emily Peck and Slate senior editor Shannon Palus talk all things #girlboss. They explore how the concept went from being a sought-after status to a ridiculed slogan. Then they dive into the upcoming trial of possible former (and current?) girlboss Elizabeth Holmes and talk about whether potential trial strategies and defenses are sexist.

In Slate Plus: Shannon talks about her mother’s Lab Ladies group and Emily talks about being an honor student in middle school.


Shannon: Jessica Knoll’s 2015 novel, The Luckiest Girl Alive.

Emily: The Cathy comic strip podcast, Aack Cast.

Podcast production by Cheyna Roth with editorial oversight by Susan Matthews and June Thomas.

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About the Show

Each week a pair of writers and guests talk through one news story we can’t stop thinking about, and unpack what gender has to do with it.

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  • Emily Peck is a veteran journalist who has worked as a writer and editor at national outlets like HuffPost, the Wall Street Journal, and the American Lawyer.

  • Shannon Palus is a senior editor for Slate.