5 Things You May Not Know About Women of Intention Speaker Irin Carmon

Heard of Ruth Bader Ginsburg? Of course you have. Her popularity is unprecedented (can you think of another Supreme Court justice whose face people are willing to have tattooed onto their bodies?) and that may be thanks in part to a name that’s not quite as ubiquitous: Irin Carmon.

Irin is the co-author of Notorious RBG, the book that helped propel RBG to cultural icon status. Podcaster and digital strategist Aminatou Sow says, “I describe the book to everybody as a feminist mezuzah…Have one in your house, make sure all the people you love have one as well.”

Aside from being a bestselling author, Irin is a journalist the New York Times says is “known for her smarts and feminist bona fides.” Last year, she helped break the news of sexual harassment and assault allegations against Charlie Rose.

On June 12 at 7:30 p.m., Irin Carmon will speak at the 2019 Women of Intention Awards at Rush Creek Country Club in Maple Grove, where she will also receive the titular Woman of Intention Award. The event was created by the Minneapolis Jewish Federation to honor Jewish women in the community whose work often goes under the radar. Along with Irin, seven remarkable local women will be honored: Sari Lederman, Valeria Sinelnikov Chazin, Kris MacDonald, Leora Maccabee, Sally Abrams, Barbara Parks, and Janice Schachtman.

Here are five more things to know about the 2019 Woman of Intention Irin Carmon:

  • Let’s get this out of the way: Her name is pronounced ih-RIN car-MOAN
  • Irin was born in Israel; her maternal grandfather grew up in Morocco before — inspired by a postcard of Theodore Herzl and a better life — he moved to Israel.

  •  Irin contributed to this year’s 100 Most Jewish Foods, writing about a beloved institution in Jerusalem’s Mahane Yehuda shuk.

  • Her reporting on Charlie Rose (with colleague Amy Brittain) won a 2018 Mirror Award. In her acceptance speech, Irin spoke passionately about how the system enables this kind of behavior. In 2019, she published a piece on The Cut about her experience and frustrations reporting the story.

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