The Poison of Male Incivility

On Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s powerful speech on the House floor, and the entrenched narrative of the “disruptive” woman.

Source: The Cut
Published: Jul 24, 2020
Length: 6 minutes (1,713 words)

The Resilience of Marga Griesbach

“I think every life is like a novel.” Marga Griesbach was born in Germany in 1927. Her life is like multiple novels — horror, romance, magical realism, travelogue. Whatever you’re doing right now, you should stop it and read this story.

Source: The Cut
Published: May 26, 2020
Length: 35 minutes (8,816 words)

Ronan Farrow Depicts a Chilling Cover-up at NBC

Rebecca Traister reads Ronan Farrow’s new book, Catch and Kill: Lies, Spies, and a Conspiracy to Protect Predators, and realizes that those at NBC who colluded to obstruct Farrow’s ground-breaking reporting on Harvey Weinstein remain in charge.

Source: The Cut
Published: Oct 11, 2019
Length: 10 minutes (2,670 words)

Elizabeth Warren’s Classroom Strategy

“Warren believed that the law and its remedies should not be simply the domain of the already powerful, and her approach to communicating with her students — and later, as a more public figure, with a wider audience — came back to her drive to make seemingly complicated concepts available to those who didn’t already have an expertise, specifically by decluttering the language she feels is meant to drive people away from engagement with the policies that shape their lives, rather than drawing them in and making them full participants.”

Source: The Cut
Published: Aug 6, 2019
Length: 28 minutes (7,028 words)

46 Minutes With Barbara Lee

U.S. Rep. Barbara Lee speaks to Rebecca Traister about her dissent on Iraq 17 years ago and her campaign to become chair of the House Democratic Caucus, the Democratic party’s number five leadership role.

Source: The Cut
Published: Nov 11, 2018
Length: 9 minutes (2,403 words)

Summer of Rage: White Men are the Minority in the United States — No Wonder They Get Uncomfortable When Their Power is Challenged

The rights and priorities of white men in our country have always overshadowed those of people of color and women. It is, however, a ruling minority situation as white men make up only a third of the population. With shifting demographics and destabilizing movements like #metoo, the ruling minority seeks to minimize and discredit their disruptors because they know what they are: real threats to their long-lasting hegemony.

Source: The Cut
Published: Jun 29, 2018
Length: 11 minutes (2,880 words)

This Moment Isn’t (Just) About Sex. It’s Really About Work.

Rebecca Traister looks below the surface of this moment in which so much sexual misconduct has been coming to light, and finds at the root of it troubling, longstanding, gender-based workplace power dynamics.

Published: Dec 10, 2017
Length: 16 minutes (4,242 words)

Hillary Is Poised to Make the ‘Impossible Possible’ — for Herself and for Women in America

The always excellent Rebecca Traister on how Hillary Clinton the presidential candidate and Hillary Clinton the 1969 Wellesley student in student government are remarkably consistent in beliefs and commitment.

Published: Jul 28, 2016
Length: 9 minutes (2,389 words)

Hillary Clinton vs. Herself

Rebecca Traister gets a closer look at Hillary Clinton on the campaign trail and finds both a stiff, off-putting performer, and a warm, hard-working civil servant.

Published: May 31, 2016
Length: 33 minutes (8,327 words)

The Single American Woman

For the first time in American history, single women outnumber married women. They’re also becoming a political force.

Published: Feb 22, 2016
Length: 23 minutes (5,859 words)