“There is no peak fury”: Rebecca Traister, Author of Good And Mad: The Revolutionary Power Of Women’s Anger

There’s a reason that women are angry. Since the founding of this country, we have been faced with men in power who are set on shutting us down, and shutting us out. Revolutionary fury isn’t just for the founding fathers, and ladies, even though we’ve been stewing in our ever-growing anger for the past 242 years, we have just begun to fight. Find out how women have harnessed their anger throughout history and how when we listen to the stories behind each other's anger, we can all change the world today. Listen to my conversation with Rebecca Traister, the author of New York Times Bestseller, Good and Mad: The Revolutionary Power of Women’s Anger.

This conversation was recorded live in Berkeley, CA on October 10th, 2018 as part of Women Lit, in collaboration with the Bay Area Book Festival.

 Photo by: One World Journalist

Photo by: One World Journalist

Running for Office In the Era of #MeToo: Minnesota State Representative Erin Maye Quade

At age 32, Minnesota State Representative Erin Maye Quade is positioned to be at the forefront of a wave of progressive political leaders representing a new generation of voters.

She made history while running in the Twin Cities suburbs as a deeply progressive, biracial, openly queer, anti-gun violence, anti-racist, pro-social justice candidate.

There’s no doubt she’ll rise high and go far.

The question is: as an unprecedented amount of women run for office and have a good chance of winning, will the powers that be yield to the kind of change politicians like Erin will bring to office? Or will they double down and fight dirty?

Listen to our conversation to find out.

And when you’re done, come on over to The Inflection Point Society, our Facebook group of everyday activists who seek to make extraordinary change through small, daily actions.

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Do haters deserve our compassion? Sally Kohn, Author of "The Opposite of Hate"

Can you find compassion in your heart for the haters in your life? CNN political commentator and first-time author Sally Kohn says if we keep on hating the haters, the cycle of hate will never end.  She’s believes compassion to be one of the keys to breaking the cycle of hatred that pervades our culture in today’s divisive world. 

The question is, how can compassion defeat a system fueled by hate? 

Listen in on my conversation with Sally Kohn, author of “The Opposite of Hate” on what she’s learned from her own missteps as a former school bully and, paradoxically, as a well-meaning liberal, breaking the cycle of hate, and cultivating compassion for her perceived enemies.
 

 Photo by Paul Takeuchi

Photo by Paul Takeuchi

"I am powerful by just living" - Sarah McBride, author of "Tomorrow Will Be Different"

In 2016, Sarah McBride made history--and a childhood dream come true when she stood on the stage at the the Democratic National Convention as the first transgender person to speak at a national political convention. As of 2018, more than half of LGBTQ people live in states that don’t protect them from discrimination or are even actively hostile towards them. Some states have enacted laws that allow businesses, healthcare providers and government officials to actually deny services to LGBTQ people.

In the most challenging moments--the 2016 election results, everyday sexism and misogyny and the death of her young husband-- even then she fights to update our laws to protect and include LGBTQ people.

Sarah is now the national press secretary for the Human Rights Campaign, the nation's largest LGBTQ civil rights organization. And she’s the author of the new book, “Tomorrow Will Be Different. Love, Loss and the Fight for Trans Equality.”

RESOURCES referred to on this episode:

Human Rights Campaign

Transgender Law Center

 Sarah McBride (photo by B Proud)

Sarah McBride (photo by B Proud)

How To Get Even More Women In Office - Kate Black, Chief of Staff for EMILY's List

More women than ever are raising their hands to run for office. But what does it actually take to to win? And what will be different when they do? Kate Black, now at the FCC, recorded with me in August when she was Chief of Staff for EMILY's List, an organization that helps pro-choice, Democratic women run for office. And she has her own story of awakening to the fact that we need more women in office. 

 Kate Black

Kate Black

How To Activate Your Activism - Jess McIntosh co-Founder of Signal Boost

Jess McIntosh headed up influencer outreach for the Hillary Clinton campaign. Now, she's leading an initiative to amplify women's rights' activism. Starting with the Women's March, she and her co-founder Zerlina Maxwell are boosting the growth for the many movements being catalyzed around the march. It's called "Signal Boost." Listen here, on iTunes, or NPR One.

 Jess McIntosh

Jess McIntosh

Eve Ensler on "The Undeniable Rape Culture of Donald Trump"

Eve Ensler, the creator of The Vagina Monologues, VDay and One Billion Rising published an article this September in the Huffington Post called "The Undeniable Rape Culture Of Donald Trump." One week later, the Access Hollywood tape emerged with Donald Trump sharing his unfiltered feelings about women as sex objects--a tape that is now being adopted as a case study in sexual harassment. Eve and I spoke about her work fighting violence against women, and the good and bad about what the rise of Trump means for the movement. Listen to our conversation on iTunes and NPR One.

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EVE ENSLER

Jess McIntosh, Hillary for America

Jess worked to get pro-choice female Democrats elected while at on the team at Emily's List. She was the spokesperson for Al Franken's senatorial campaign, and now, as the Director of Communications for Hillary for America, she's on the front lines working to get Hillary Clinton elected as the first female president of the United States. Listen to our conversation on iTunes or NPR One.

 JESS MCINTOSH

JESS MCINTOSH

Fear & Mourning on the American Right, Arlie Hochschild, author of "Strangers in Their Own Land"

Arlie Hochschild has been called "one of the most imaginative and productive feminist sociologists of the last thirty years." She's written a number of books including The Second Shift, The Time Bind and The Outsourced Self.  She's a professor emerita at UC Berkeley and lately she's been spending her time trying to understand the rise of the American Right–the only way that she could do that was to leave her Berkeley bubble and go to Louisiana to meet the real people of the Tea Party, not the caricatures. She shares her five year journey in her new book "Strangers in Their Own Land. Anger and Mourning on the American Right". Listen on iTunes or NPR One.

 ARLIE HOCHSCHILD

ARLIE HOCHSCHILD