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All the Single Ladies Discussion Guide - Developed by Maureen Wolverton and Jennifer Jameslyn
All The Single Ladies, by Gillian White, NY Times, March 1, 2016.
'All the Single Ladies by Rebecca Traister: How Unmarried Women Improve U.S. Marriages, by Julia Klein for the Chicago Tribune, Feb 25, 2016.
Rebecca Traister's 'All the Single Ladies' is a Singularly Triumphant Work, by Rebecca Carroll, for the Los Angeles Times, Feb 25, 2016.
All the Single Ladies Review: Rebecca Traister's on the Rise of the Unmarried American Woman, by Marion Winik for Newsday, March 2, 2016.
Rereading The Handmaid's Tale, One month Into the Trump Era, by Rebecca Traister, for the New Yorker Magazine, Feb 23, 2017.
Trump's Nightmare: Women Opposing Him, by Rebecca Traister, for the New Yorker Magazine, Jan 31, 2017.
The Future of the Left is Female, by Rebecca Traister, for the New Yorker Magazine, Jan 23, 2017.
The Complicated, Controversial, Historic, Inspiring Women's March, by Rebecca Traister, for the New Yorker Magazine, Jan 20, 2017.
Hillary Clinton Didn't Shatter the Glass Ceiling, This is What Broke Instead, by Rebecca Traister, for the New Yorker Magazine, Nov 12, 2016.
Hillary Clinton is Poised to Make the "Impossible Possible" - for Herself and for Women in America, by Rebecca Traister, for the New Yorker Magazine, July 29, 2016.
Michelle Obama Just Gave This Election's Most Important Speech, by Rebecca Traister, for the New Yorker Magazine, Oct 13, 2016.
New York Just Created a Revolutionary New Family-Leave Policy, by Rebecca Traister, for the New Yorker Magazine, April, 1, 2016.
The Single American Woman, by Rebecca Traister, for the New Yorker Magazine, March 1, 2016.
Author Q & A Interview with Rebecca Traister with Shannon Wilson, May 17, 2016.
Roxane Gay & Rebecca Traister Talk Sex, Female Friendship, and What It Means To Be Single Now, Elle Magazine, Feb 23, 2016.
Rebecca Traister: How All The Single Ladies Get At The Heart Of US History, by Jessica Valenti, for the Guardian, March 6, 2016.
Signs Journal, Short Takes: Provocations on Public Feminism, Brief Comments from Prominent Feminists on Rebecca Traister's, All the Single Ladies.
25 Famous Feminists Inspiring Women of the Feminist Movement, by Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harpers Bazaar, March 8, 2017.
9 Pioneering Feminists In History Who Were Way Before Their Times, Because Strong Women Have Always Existed, by JR Thorpe, Aug 24, 2015.
Nine Inspiring Lessons the Suffragettes Can Teach Feminists Today, by Kira Cochrane for the Guardian, may 29, 2013.
The Women's Rights Movement 1848-1920, the U.S. House of Representatives History, Art & Archives.
History of the Women's Rights Movement, The National Women's History Project, by Bonnie Eisenberg & Mary Ruthsdotter.
Women Face A Pay Gap In Every Single State Here's Where It's Worst, by Lydia O'Conner, for the Huffington Post, 4/4/17.
Kristen Gillibrand Is An Enthusiastic No, by Rebecca Traister, for the New York Magazine, April 3, 2017.
The Men Of The Trump Administration Want You To Know How Manly They Are, by Rebecca Traister, for the New York Magazine, March 15, 2017.
Of Course Donald Trump Doesn't Think Bill O'Reilly did Anything Wrong, by Rebecca Traister, for the New York Magazine, April 5, 2017.
First Woman to Officially run Boston Marathon does it again 50 years later, by Randee Dawn, for the Today Show.
Hillary Clinton Is Furious. And Resigned. And Funny. And Worried. The surreal post-election life of the woman who would have been president., by Rebecca Traister, for the New Yorker Magazine.
Badass Women of Washington, by Dana Bush, Abigail Crutchfield and Rachel Smokin for CNN News.
What the Bill Cosby Mistrial Tell Us About Power in America, by Rebecca Traister, for The Cut Magazine.
We Are Not Hysterical: 18 Strong Female Voices You Should Read, by Maddie Crum, for the Huffington Post.
Trump faces backlash after ridiculing TV host Mika Brzezinski's looks, by Meaghan Kenealy for ABC News.
Ivanka Inc., by Matea Gold, Drew Harwell, Maher Sattar, and Simon Denyer, for the Washington Post, July 5, 2017.
The Playboy President and Women's Health, by Michelle Goldberg, the New York Times.
Female senators are increasingly on receiving end of insults from officials, by Elise Viebeck, the Washington Post.
Study Says Films Exclude Women, Hispanics, by Lindsey Bahr, for the Associated Press.
How Women Helped Save Obamacare, by Charlotte Alter for Time Magazine.
The United Patients of America, by Charlotte Alter and Haley Sweetland Edwards for Time Magazine.
Amy McGrath former F-18 fighter pilot running for congress, by Tim Munroe, for the Mother Earth News.
Google Manifest Hit a Nerve in Silicon Valley, by Alyssa Newcomb & Jo Ling Kent for ABC News.
How one family inspired a football revolution for girls in a village in Pakistan, by Suzanne Wreck, for the Guardian.
What Google Bros Have in Common With Medieval Beer Bros, by David Perry, for the Pacific Standard Magazine.
Are old photos of 'Westernized" Afghan women driving Trump's foreign policy?, by Rossalyn Warren, for the Guardian.
Just Try and Silence Symone Sanders, by Olivia Nuzzi, for the Cut Magazine.
Taking to the Streets! Seeking Suffrage in Grand Rapids, Greater Grand Rapids Council on Women's History.
Waiting for an Equal Pay Champion, by Fatima Goss Graves, for the U.S. News & World Report.
Another Week, another resignation; Hollywood finally addresses sexual harassment, by Meredith Blake, for the LA Times.
Ivanka Trump supports rollback of Obama's policy to close gender pay gap, by Sabrina Siddiqui, for the Huffington Post.
Welcome to the Trump Jump: These Women are Ready to Take On the Most Powerful Men in Congress, by Michelle Ruiz, for Vogue.
Rose Schneideman's April 12, 1911 Speech, from The Jewish Women's Archive.
DeVos says she will roll back Obama-era campus sex assault guidelines, as reported by CBS News.
The U.S. Open showed black women have made American tennis great again, by Bryan Armen Graham, for the Guardian.
Hillary Clinton's new memoir compares Trump's 'War on Truth' to Orwell's 1984, by Sabrina Siddiqui and David Smith, for the Guardian.
Goodbye, Edie Windsor. Thank you for never giving up, by Steven Thrasher, for the Guardian.
Republicans want Hillary Clinton to vanish. We can't let that happen, by Heather Cox Richardson, for the Guardian.
Hillary Clinton is Finally Expressing Some Righteous Anger. Why Does That Make Everyone Else So Mad?, by Rebecca Traister for the Cut Magazine, Sept 15, 2017.
How many more warrior women are missing from the history books?, by Natalie Haynes, for the Guardian, Sept. 18, 2017.
The F-word: Feminism must be reclaimed by today's teens - they're our future, by Sally Nichols, for the Guardian, Sept. 19, 2017
Videos (Note: some links are from the GVSU Library Kanopy streaming service, and may require a GVSU login to view)
Politics and Prose - Rebecca Traister Interview, March 17, 2016
Random House Big Ideas Night with Ta-Nehisi, Rebecca Traister, Chris Hayes, and Sherrilyn Ifill/ on President Trump, Dec 19, 2016.
Real Time with Bill Maher - Rebecca Traister Interview, June 17, 2016.
Rebecca Traister - All the Single Ladies, The Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute @ Hunter College, July 6, 2016.
The Truth & Myths of the Independent, Single Woman, The Simple Sophisticate Podcast with Shannon Ables, Feb 7, 2017.
The National, Interview with Rebecca Traisterr, May 20, 2016.
Are We There Yet? The Illusion of a Post Sexist Society, Brooklyn Historical Society Panel Discussion, Sept. 8, 2016.
JCCSF Arts & Ideas, with Peggy Orenstein - Interview with Rebecca Traister, March 8, 2017.
Teach-In Women's Rights, with Rebecca Traister, Fatima Gross Graves, and Jennifer Klein, for Politics and Prose, Jan 25, 2017.
Author Explores Rising Power of Single Women, CBS This Morning, Feb 29, 2016.
Author, Rebecca Traister Interview - Jewish Women's Archives, March 1, 2017.
Author Rebecca Traister Offers Some Advice to Budding Writers, Simon and Schuster Books, Jul 12, 2010.
Women That Shaped Our Country's History, by Rebecca Traister, Feb 18, 2016.
PUBLIC FORUM: Women's Rights are Human Rights, on May Day 2017, Public Forum hosted Rebecca Traister in conversation with Paola Mendoza, Dr. Brittney Cooper, and Dr. Linda Gordon.
2017 Angelides Lecture: "The New Normal?" with Michel Martin, Rebecca Traister, and Farai Chideya, April 27, 2017.
Unpacking the Book: Good Girls, Nasty Women-Gender and American Jewish History, March 28, 2017. A conversation with feminists writers Bonnie Anderson, Lynn Povich, and Rebecca Traister.
Actress Emma Watson (Beauty & the Beast) UN Women's Goodwill Ambassador, I'm A Feminist, Sept 22, 2014.
PBS TV show entitled, Call the Midwife - This episode(Season 6, Episode 1) deals with the lack of Women's Rights during divorce proceedings in 1962.
American Masters: The Women's List. Meet 15 women who define contemporary American culture in Timothy Greenfield-Sanders new List film featuring Madeleine Albright, Margaret Cho, Edie Falco, Betsey Johnson, Alicia Keys, Nancy Pelosi, Rosie Perez, Wendy Williams and more. All trailblazers in their fields, these women share their experiences struggling against discrimination and overcoming challenges to make their voices heard. PBS Television, aired 9/25/15.
Women, War and Peace: War Redefined. The capstone of Women, War & Peace, War Redefined challenges the conventional wisdom that war and peace are men’s domain through incisive interviews with leading thinkers, Secretaries of State and seasoned survivors of war and peace-making. Their experiences reveal how the post-Cold War proliferation of small arms has changed the landscape of war, with women becoming primary targets and suffering unprecedented casualty rates. Simultaneously, they describe how women are emerging as necessary partners in brokering lasting peace and as leaders in forging new international laws governing conflict. War Redefined reframes our understanding of modern warfare through probing conversations with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and former Secretaries of State Condoleezza Rice and Madeleine Albright; Liberian peace activist Leymah Gbowee; Bosnian war crimes investigator Fadila Memisevic; Zainab Salbi, Founder of Women for Women International; globalization expert Moisés Naím; and Cynthia Enloe of Clark University, among others. Narrated by Geena Davis. PBS Television, aired 11/8/11.
Women and Girls LEAD: Video Vignettes. Vignette Group 1,Women and Girls Lead is a multi-year public media initiative to focus, educate, and connect citizens worldwide in support of the issues facing women and girls. Combining independent documentary film, television, new media, and global outreach partnerships, Women and Girls Lead amplifies the voices of women and girls acting as leaders, expands understanding of gender equity, and engages an international network of citizens and organizations to act locally and reach out globally. This episode focuses on the City of Austin Texas,KLRU TV PBS. Vignette Group 2, Hear from women who have made enormous strides in their respective fields, paving the way for women and girls in Colorado. RMPBS.
America Reframed:Radical Grace. In 2012, The Vatican censured American nuns. "Radical Grace" follows three U.S. nuns, who refused to back down and continued to challenge the patriarchal system, are willing to lose it all and risk their place within the Catholic Church for their devotion to social justice and to meet their higher calling - to apply their faith to action. PBS Television, aired 3/13/17.
PBS Makers: Women Who Make America Season 1. The first season of Makers tells the remarkable story of the most sweeping social revolution in American history, as women have asserted their rights to a full and fair share of political power, economic opportunity, and personal autonomy. It's a revolution that has unfolded in public and private, in courts and Congress, in the boardroom and the bedroom, changing not only what the world expects from women, but what women expect from themselves. The story is brought to life with priceless archival treasures and poignant, often funny interviews with those who led the fight, those who opposed it, and those first generations to benefit from its success, (includes Awakening, Changing the World and Charting a New Course). PBS Television.
PBS Makers: Women Who Make America Season 2. In the last half-century, women have fought their way into nearly every sphere of American life, from the battlefield to the comedy club, the soundstage to the Senate. Each documentary in this six-part series examines the impact of the women's movement on six fields once largely closed to women: business, space, Hollywood, comedy, war and politics. In each field, women have pried open, and profoundly reshaped, the central institutions of American life and culture. Through intimate interviews with trailblazing women known and unknown, viewers are given a rare glimpse-- sometimes funny, sometimes sad, and always candid--of what it was like to be pioneers in their fields, (includes Women in Comedy, Women in Hollywood, Women in Space, Women in War, Women in Business, Women in Politics). PBS Television.
Miss Representation, Like drawing back a curtain to let bright light stream in, Miss Representation uncovers a glaring reality we live with every day but fail to see. Written and directed by Jennifer Siebel Newsom, the film exposes how mainstream media contribute to the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence in America. The film challenges the media's limited and often disparaging portrayals of women and girls, which make it difficult for women to achieve leadership positions and for the average woman to feel powerful herself.
PBS American Masters: Althea Gibson. This is the story of Althea Gibson (1927-2003), a truant from the rough streets of Harlem, who emerged as the unlikely queen of the highly segregated tennis world in the 1950s. She was the first African American to play and win at Wimbledon and the U.S. Nationals (precursor of the U.S. Open) -- a decade before Arthur Ashe. PBS Television.
PBS American Masters: Billie Jean King. Billie Jean King is the single most important female athlete of the 20th century, winner of 39 Grand Slam titles and a major force in changing and democratizing the cultural landscape. PBS Television.
Rebel-Loreta Velazquez: Secret Soldier of the American Civil War. In 1861, at the outbreak of the American Civil War, a teenager from New Orleans headed to the front lines. Under the alias Harry T. Buford, he fought at First Bull Run, was wounded at Shiloh, and served as a Confederate spy. But Buford harbored a secret-he was really Loreta Velazquez, a Cuban immigrant from New Orleans. By 1863, Velazquez was spying for the Union. She scandalized America when she revealed her story in her 1876 memoir, The Woman in Battle. PBS Television.
PBS American Experience: Triangle Fire. It was the deadliest workplace accident in New York City's history. A dropped match on the 8th floor of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory sparked a fire that killed over a hundred innocent people trapped inside. The private industry of the American factory would never be the same. PBS Television.
Anita: Speaking Truth to Power. An entire country watched as a poised, beautiful African-American woman sat before a Senate committee of 14 white men and with a clear, unwavering voice recounted the repeated acts of sexual harassment she had endured while working with U.S. Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas. Anita Hill's graphic testimony was a turning point for gender equality in the U.S. and ignited a political firestorm about sexual harassment and power in the workplace that resonates still today.
Ida B. Wells: A Passion for Justice. Though virtually forgotten today, Ida B. Wells-Barnett was a household name in Black America during much of her lifetime (1863-1931) and was considered the equal of her well-known African American contemporaries such as Booker T. Washington and W.E.B. Du Bois. Ida B. Wells: A Passion for Justice documents the dramatic life and turbulent times of the pioneering African American journalist, activist, suffragist and anti-lynching crusader of the post-Reconstruction period.
Right Out of History: The Making of Judy Chicago's Dinner Party. For five years, feminist artist Judy Chicago worked with a community of four hundred other artists, craftspeople and researchers to create The Dinner Party, a monumental tribute to women of spirit and accomplishment throughout the ages -- women whose names have been banished "right out of history". For over four of those five years, filmmaker Johanna Demetrakas followed the progress of The Dinner Party, recording for posterity the alternately painstaking and exhilarating process of creating this work of unprecedented scale and beauty.
Right Out of History reveals the behind-the-scenes drama of this enormous undertaking -- the meticulous research, the technical problems and financial pressures, and the amount of sheer physical labor involved in creating a symbolic history of women's achievements.
Wonder Women: The Untold Story of American Superheroines. Kapow! Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines offers a nuanced critique of gender and heroism in popular culture as well as a powerful dose of Vitamin F(eminism) for the undernourished. From the birth of the 1940s comic book heroine, Wonder Woman, to the blockbusters of today, Wonder Women! looks at how popular representations of powerful women often reflect society's anxieties about strong and healthy women.
Painted Nails: A Vietnamese Salon Worker Fights for Safe Cosmetics. It won't take long to fall in love with the subject of Painted Nails, Van Hoang, a Vietnamese nail salon owner who serves an ethnically diverse group of working class women with acrylic nails and intricate airbrush designs. Through the course of the film, Van unintentionally becomes a contemporary Norma Rae or Erin Brockovich. Painted Nails brings us unprecedented insight into the personal nature of the political movement to regulate one of the fastest growing industries in the U.S. Major loopholes in the federal law dating back to 1938 allow the 50-billion-dollar cosmetics industry to put unlimited amounts of chemicals into personal care products with no required testing, monitoring of health effects, or labeling requirements.
BBC: In Search of the Brontes. The story of three sisters, their precocious creativity, the scandalous reputations they sought to subvert and the mythical legacy they deliberately left behind. It is a story of alcoholism and illness, of thwarted passion and unrequited love, and of a 19th-century quest for fame.
Jessica Chastain call out Cannes Films for Dismal Portrayal of Women Characters, by Rebecca Shapiro for the Huffington Post.
Dame Helen Mirren to graduates: No matter what sex you are, be a feminist.,Tulane University's commencement, May 20, 2017.
Dolores Huerta in Action: Discussion on the art of activism with Jose Antonio Vargas, at the Aspen Ideas Festival, 6/27/17.
Single by Choice: Why Fewer American Women are Married Than Ever Before, for NPR's Fresh Air, March 1, 2016.
The Rising Power of Single American Women, NPR's On Point, March 2, 2016.
What's Love Got to Do With It? The Rise Of The Single American Woman, Boston Public Radio with Molly Boigon, Nov 4, 2016.
Rebecca Traister's Website
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Woman Suffrage and the 19th Amendment: Failure is Impossible, Theatre Production, National Archives.
The Women's Convention - Oct 27-29, 2017, Cobo Center, Detroit, MI.