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

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

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

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 today’s America.

The 2008 campaign for the presidency reopened some of the most fraught American conversations—about gender, race and generational difference, about sexism on the left and feminism on the right—difficult discussions that had been left unfinished but that are crucial to further perfecting our union. Though the election didn’t 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 Don’t 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 country’s 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 coverage—vacillating between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama and questioning her own view of feminism, the women’s movement, race and the different generational perspectives of women working toward political parity. Electrifying, incisive and highly entertaining, Big Girls Don’t Cry offers an enduring portrait of dramatic cultural and political shifts brought about by this most historic of American contests.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781439154878
Publisher: Free Press
Publication date: 09/14/2010
Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 949,614
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

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 NationThe New York ObserverThe New York TimesThe Washington PostVogue, Glamour and Marie Claire. Traister’s first book, Big Girls Don’t Cry, about women and the 2008 election, was a New York Times Notable Book of 2010 and the winner of the Ernesta Drinker Ballard Book Prize. She lives in New York with her family. 

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Big Girls Don't Cry 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is SO much better than Game Change. Smarter, funnier (although against Game Change, that's not saying much), more insightful, and FAR more original. Game Change was a great book, but you don't learn much that you didn't already know. Rebecca Traister gives you a completely different view of the election that is centered not only on the gender divides in the last election but the racial and generational splits as well. Not just for women. My husband LOVED it as well. I bought 10 to give as Christmas gifts. Do yourself a favor and read this book and give to all the political junkies on your list.
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And thats ok too
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I dont cry because Im a big girl! R u a big girl like me? R u? R u? Because I am!