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Feminist Strategies: Dissent Magazine Issue Launch

Tuesday, November 22, 2016 at 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Bob and Sheila Hoerle Lecture Hall, University Center, UL105 63 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10003

Take part in a discussion on feminist movements with Dawn Foster, Premilla Nadasen, and Ann Snitow, moderated by Sarah Leonard (see bios below).

A virulent misogynist is now president of the United States. He has bragged about sexually assaulting women, threatened to repeal abortion rights, and will refuse to protect transgender individuals from discrimination. His proposals to ban immigrants, reject refugees he deems “terrorists,” and cut federal climate spending will have serious consequences for everyone, especially women. And if he follows through on his promise to "bomb the shit" out of countries he deems his enemies, women abroad will suffer too.

Now, more than ever, feminists in the United States need the solidarity of women’s movements across the country and abroad, sharing their experiences and strategies as a resource in the fight to come. Whether it is young mothers fighting Conservative austerity policies in the UK or Polish feminists defending their reproductive rights under a right-wing government, each of these movements show that gender oppression must be confronted as relentlessly as other kinds of oppression. Most importantly, they show that even when the space for radical politics constricts, we must do more than simply defend our gains—our movements must move forward and demand more, not only for women but for everyone.

Join Dissent magazine’s editors and contributors to discuss the challenges feminists will face under a Trump presidency, and how our movements can fight back. 

Dawn Foster is a London-based writer on politics, social affairs, and economics, and the author of Lean Out (Repeater, 2016).

Premilla Nadasen is an Associate Professor of History at Barnard College and author of Household Workers Unite: The Untold Story of African American Women Who Built a Movement (Beacon Press, 2015).

Ann Snitow, a co-founder of the Network of East-West Women, is a professor of Literature and was the Director of Gender Studies from 2006 to 2012 at The New School. Her most recent book is The Feminism of Uncertainty: A Gender Diary (Duke University Press, 2015).

Sarah Leonard is a senior editor at The Nation and co-editor of The Future We Want: Radical Ideas for a New Century (Macmillan, 2016). She is a contributing editor to Dissent and the New Inquiry.

Organized by New School for Social Research and the Committee on Historical Studies.

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