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Prof. Hilary Levey Friedman is a sociologist and expert on beauty pageants, childhood and parenting, competitive afterschool activities, and popular culture who teaches courses on beauty pageants and sports in the Department of American Studies at Brown University. She holds degrees from Harvard University, Princeton University, and the University of Cambridge.

Her book, Playing to Win: Raising Children in a Competitive Culture, follows families with elementary school-age children involved in chess, dance, and soccer covering the history of the activities, what they mean to parents and children, and implications for inequality and gender in the educational system. She often speaks to parent groups on this topic.

Prof. Levey Friedman is the Chair of the East Greenwich Democratic Town Committee. She also serves as a Commissioner on the Affordable Housing Commission in East Greenwich, Rhode Island. Prof. Levey Friedman is on the Public Policy Committee of the United Way of Rhode Island and the Board of Trustees of Temple Torat Yisrael. She is also an active book reviewer and an active volunteer CASA.

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