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Traister, Rebecca
Big girls don't cry : the election that changed everything for American women / Rebecca Traister
1st Free Press hardcover ed
New York : Free Press, c2010
book jacket
Location Call Number Status
 3rd Floor  JK526 2008 .T73 2010    AVAILABLE
Subject(s) Presidents -- United States -- Election -- 2008
Women -- Political activity -- United States
Feminism -- Political aspects
Subject Clinton, Hillary Rodham
Palin, Sarah, 1964-
Obama, Michelle, 1964-
Physical Description 336 p. ; 24 cm
Note Includes bibliographical references (p. [305]-315) and index
Contents Hillary is us -- Spousal supports -- Campaigning while female -- Five days in January -- The most restricting forces -- All about their mothers -- Boys on the bus -- Things to do in Denver if you're female -- Enter Palin -- Pop culture warriors -- The next wave is here -- The aftermath
Summary It was all as unpredictable as it was riveting: Hillary Clinton's improbable rise, her fall and her insistence on pushing forward straight through to her remarkable phoenix flight from the race; Sarah Palin's attempt not only to fill the void left by Clinton, but to alter the very definition of feminism and claim some version of it for conservatives; liberal rapture over Barack Obama and the historic election of our first African-American president; the media microscope trained on Michelle Obama, harsher even than the one Hillary had endured fifteen years earlier. Meanwhile, media women like Katie Couric and Rachel Maddow altered the course of the election, and comedians like Tina Fey and Amy Poehler helped make feminism funny. As Traister sees it, the 2008 election was good for women. The campaign for the presidency reopened some of the most fraught American conversations about gender, race and generational difference, about sexism on the left and feminism on the right, all difficult discussions that had been left unfinished but that are crucial to further perfecting our union

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