Margaret Linsly “Molly” Bangs is a writer, researcher, and advocate with interests in human rights, reproductive health, women’s representation in government and peace negotiations, international law and institutions, and social justice. Her work has been published on TCF.org, VICE, Truthout, and the Huffington Post.
Molly has a strong background in American and international policy and politics. She currently directs Equity Forward, a reproductive rights organization, where she previously worked as a political researcher. Molly has also worked at The Century Foundation, a progressive policy think tank, as a researcher, writer, and editor. In these capacities, she has published policy papers on topics ranging from the legal codifications of gender based violence in Kuwait versus the United States to women running for office, as well as prepared and presented briefings for Capitol Hill on the Title X family planning program and workplace harassment. She regularly conducts public records research, analyzes public policy, and tracks legislation.
Her belief that political research should be accessible is rooted in her background in journalism: in addition to freelance work, Molly is an alumna of the Huffington Post, where she worked as an editor and writer on international beats such as gender based violence, climate justice, and the United Nations’ sustainable development goals; she has also edited academic papers for clients including Rights CoLab. Molly has spoken on panels at the UN, The Century Foundation, CHANGE, and Ipas. She began her career in the New York City Council as a legislative aide and speechwriter, and held internships at the Rockefeller Foundation and the Aspen Institute.
Molly graduated cum laude from Connecticut College with a BA in government and a minor in Hispanic studies; she is an alumna of the school’s newspaper, The College Voice. She holds an MA in political science from Columbia University, where she was trained in quantitative and qualitative political methodology and worked at the Institute for the Study of Human Rights. Molly calls New York City home; she speaks Spanish and is doing her best to learn French.