As we begin to think about writing the history of the Age of Trump, my advice is to follow the money. For example, answer this question: how do CEOs make a fortune by killing businesses and putting working and middle class people on the unemployment line? If your answer is “Sending our beautiful jobs to … More Who Knew Running Yahoo Was So Hard? Marissa Mayer Takes One for the Team
In the past few weeks, we in the community formerly known as women’s history have suffered some difficult losses. Marilyn Blatt Young, Professor of History at New York University specializing in China and US foreign policy died on February 19; and Mary Maples Dunn, a colonial historian and Dean at Bryn Mawr College, the eighth … More Why Don’t You Stay (Just a Little Bit Longer)?
As former Goldwater Girl Hillary Rodham Clinton is poised to become the first woman president of the United States, it is worth asking: what prevented Elizabeth Dole — Clinton’s former Senate colleague — from breaking that historic barrier? Sexism, not just within the Republican Party but also in a larger political world saturated by media … More The Woman Who Might Have Been President
Yes We Can (pull together a conference in less than 12 weeks.) Leah Wright Rigueur (Harvard K-School), Robon Morris (Agnes Scott College) and I are nothing if not — impulsive? Energetic? Awesome political historians ready to respond to the moment? Whatever. In any case, we thought the nomination of Hillary Rodham Clinton as the first … More It’s A Conference: Women, Politics, Fun
Juliet Jacques, Trans: A Memoir Verso, 288pp, £16.99, ISBN 9781781681644 ‘I decided my name should be Juliet when I was ten,’ Juliet Jacques confessed in her inaugural blog post for the Guardian that inspired Trans: A Memoir. She then ‘swiftly buried’ this thought, one that lurked in the back of her mind and returned forcefully … More Review of Juliet Jacques, “Trans: A Memoir” in review 31
This essay is an edited version of a talk I gave at Douglass College, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, N.J., on April 12 2010. Picture this. An intelligent and ambitious young woman leaves her home for a women’s college. Upon arrival, she finds a faculty committed to progressive internationalism, free speech, civil rights, feminism and anti-racism. … More The Unfinished Agenda: Women’s Education in the 21st Century
Maybe it’s because I’m from Philadelphia, where losing is a way of life, but I hate it when people say they aren’t voting for Bernie because he can’t win. They say they are using their heads, not their hearts. He can win. Last night Bernie Sanders nailed it in New Hampshire, beating Hillary Clinton by … More Can Bernie Sanders Win? Maybe, If You Vote For Him
There are books that matter. Then there are books that matter more, like Judith Butler’s Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity (New York: Routledge, 1990) that marked its 25th anniversary in 2015. Dipping back into it now, Gender Trouble’s achievements were astonishingly broad, and reached into multiple disciplines. It collated and built on … More Books That Matter: Twenty-Five Years of Gender Trouble