Gail Collins, author of When Everything Changed: The Amazing Journey of American Women from 1960 to the Present
In conversation with Rebecca Traister, author of Big Girls Don't Cry: Hillary Clinton, Sarah Palin, Michelle Obama, and the Year That Changed Everything
The last presidential election featured important female candidates and raised hopes for a new generation of feminists; but how far have women’s rights actually come in the last half century? Two recent books suggest answers, and the authors speak together at Greenlight tonight. New York Times columnist Gail Collins’ book When Everything Changed, a sleeper hit in 2009 and newly released in paperback, is a comprehensive mix of oral history and keen research about five crucial decades of progress in women’s rights in the United States. Salon senior writer Rebecca Traister’s Big Girls Don’t Cry provides a social commentary on how the 2008 presidential election brought issues concerning women, power, sexism, and feminism to the fore. These two formidable scholars and accessible writers will discuss their work in terms of America’s progress toward equality in business, politics, and social arenas, and the challenges that women still face.