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The public trial of Elizabeth Holmes

For many, Elizabeth Holmes was the embodiment of the girlboss brand of feminism. Her relentless ambition, status as the youngest female self-made billionaire and as a female CEO in the male-dominated Silicon Valley made Holmes a role model for many women in tech.

Now years later, her trial defense portrays a drastic contrast to the image of the empowered, all-knowing CEO. Holmes’ team plans to allege that her business partner Sunny Balwani deceived Holmes about the company’s financial models and subjected her to intimate partner abuse.

But has feminism played a role in shielding Holmes from criticism and accountability? Anne Coughlin, professor of Law at the University of Virginia, helps us parse this out.

This article was originally published on WBUR.org.

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