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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 in the Department of Education 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. Her second book, on beauty pageants and the American woman, is under contract with Beacon Press. She frequently writes book reviews for newspapers and academic journals.

Prof. Levey Friedman is the President of the Rhode Island chapter of the National Organization for Women (RI NOW). She also serves on the Public Policy Committee of the United Way of Rhode Island and the Platform & Issues Committee of the Democratic Party of Rhode Island. Additionally she is a volunteer Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA).