Ruth Mandel opens the event; the Director of Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers. She brings up Debbie Walsh, who runs the Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP), a force in the study of women’s impact on American politics long before pink pussy hats, and long before Hillary Clinton.
Hillary, how Donald Trump spoke of her and voters responded, is very much a subtext of this talk. But there’s more here than that. After all, ‘women’s anger is not new.’ Pay close attention to the ‘tactical use of discouraging anger’ as a way of discouraging organizing. Boom. And on history, I’m glad to see my favorite revolutionary hotshot Abigail Adams brought up in this convo. You’ll see.
About the speakers:
Rebecca Traister is a writer at large for New York magazine and the author of Good and Mad: The Revolutionary Power of Women’s Anger.
Brittney Cooper is Associate Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies and Africana Studies at Rutgers and author of Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower. Together they will discuss their work in the context of the politics of the Trump era.
Bonus: Debbie Walsh is a hero of mine; she’s been a cheerleader, a trainer, a mentor for many good people. More about Debbie here.
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