In the year 2018, it seems as if women’s anger has suddenly erupted into the public conversation. But long before Pantsuit Nation, before the Women’s March, and before the #MeToo movement, women’s anger was not only politically catalytic—but politically problematic. The story of female fury and its cultural significance demonstrates the long history of bitter resentment that has enshrouded women’s slow rise to political power in America, as well as the ways that anger is received when it comes from women as opposed to when it comes from men. With eloquence and fervor, Rebecca tracks the history of female anger as political fuel—from suffragettes marching on the White House to office workers vacating their buildings after Clarence Thomas was confirmed to the Supreme Court. Here Traister explores women’s anger at both men and other women; anger between ideological allies and foes; the varied ways anger is perceived based on its owner; as well as the history of caricaturing and delegitimizing female anger; and the way women’s collective fury has become transformative political fuel—as is most certainly occurring today. She deconstructs society’s (and the media’s) condemnation of female emotion (notably, rage) and the impact of their resulting repercussions. Highlighting a double standard perpetuated against women by all sexes, and its disastrous, stultifying effect, Traister’s latest is timely and crucial. It offers a glimpse into the galvanizing force of women’s collective anger, which, when harnessed, can change history.
About our speakers
Elizabeth Renzetti is a Columnist and Feature Writer for The Globe and Mail. From 2003 to 2012, she was a member of the Globe‘s London-based European bureau. Her Saturday column is published weekly in the Opinion section, and her features appear regularly throughout The Globe. She has written two books.
Rebecca Traister is Writer at Large for New York magazine and a Contributing Editor at Elle. A National Magazine Award finalist, she has written about women in politics, media, and entertainment from a feminist perspective for The New Republic and Salon and has also contributed to The Nation, The New York Observer, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Vogue, Glamour and Marie Claire. She is the author of All the Single Ladies, the award-winning Big Girls Don’t Cry and Good and Mad: The Revolutionary Power of Women’s Anger(Simon & Schuster, 2018). She lives in New York with her family.
This event is hosted by the Institute for Gender and the Economy.
Date: February 28, 2018
Time: 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Place: Innis College, University of Toronto
2 Sussex Avenue, Toronto (Innis Town Hall Auditorium (Ground Floor))
Directly across the street from the Rotman School of Management`s north building