Big Girls Don't Cry: The Election that Changed Everything for American Women

Simon and Schuster, 07/06/2011 - 336
Journalist and Salon writer Rebecca Traister investigates the 2008 presidential election and its impact on American politics, women and cultural feminism. Examining the role of women in the campaign, from Clinton and Palin to Tina Fey and young voters, Traister confronts the tough questions of what it means to be a woman in todays America.

The 2008 campaign for the presidency reopened some of the most fraught American conversationsabout gender, race and generational difference, about sexism on the left and feminism on the rightdifficult discussions that had been left unfinished but that are crucial to further perfecting our union. Though the election didnt give us our first woman president or vice president, the exhilarating campaign was nonetheless transformative for American women and for the nation. In Big Girls Dont Cry, her electrifying, incisive and highly entertaining first book, Traister tells a terrific story and makes sense of a moment in American history that changed the countrys narrative in ways that no one anticipated.

Throughout the book, Traister weaves in her own experience as a thirtysomething feminist sorting through all the events and media coveragevacillating between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama and questioning her own view of feminism, the womens movement, race and the different generational perspectives of women working toward political parity. Electrifying, incisive and highly entertaining, Big Girls Dont Cry offers an enduring portrait of dramatic cultural and political shifts brought about by this most historic of American contests.

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LibraryThing Review

  - Narshkite - www.librarything.com

This book focused on Hilary Clinton's 2008 presidential run, is extra fascinating in the dismal aftermath of her 2016 campaign. As usual, Traister provides compelling analysis, and tells some very ...

LibraryThing Review

  - Samchan - LibraryThing

As our recent 2012 election season was heating up this past October, I had an appetite for a politics read and thought that Rebecca Traisters book taking stock of that other election seasonin 2008 ...

introduction
1
Hillary is Us
11
spousal supports
35
Campaigning While Female
63
Five Days in January
85
the Most restricting Forces
107
All About their Mothers
137
Boys on the Bus
165
things to Do in Denver if youre Female
199
Enter Palin
221

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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 and the award-winning Big Girls Dont Cry. She lives in New York with her family.