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grabbing back: women in the age of trump

Fran Lebowitz, Francesca Donner and Sophia Nelson

He used to run the Miss Universe beauty pageant. Now he is President of America. Join our panel of incisive commentators to look at the emboldened ways feminism is responding.

Chaired by Julia Baird.

“His level of ignorance is additionally shocking, and that shock can be renewed hourly...I can assure you that neither you nor anyone I know, know someone that stupid.”

Fran Lebowitz

What happens when the pussy grabs back?

‘I think putting a wife to work is a dangerous thing,’ Trump said in a 1994 interview. Since entering office, Trump’s administration has eroded the rights of women by worsening conditions for female-dominated, low-income industries and legislating against reproductive rights. Communities of colour have similarly been targeted by proposed immigration laws, education policies, and more.

But resistance is springing up. Nasty women are uniting. Trump has inspired conversations, marches, and many, many memes. In fact, he has delivered women a new challenge: how do we respond to the new world order? 


Chaired by Julia Baird

Julia Baird is a journalist, broadcaster and author based in Sydney, Australia. She hosts The Drum on ABCTV and writes for the Sydney Morning Herald and the International New York Times. Her writing has also appeared in Newsweek, The Philadelphia Inquirer, the Guardian, the Good Weekend, the Sun-Herald, The Monthly and Harper’s Bazaar. Julie Baird has written two books, Media Tarts and her recently released biography of Queen Victoria, Victoria The Queen: An Intimate Biography of the Woman Who Ruled an Empire.

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Fran Lebowitz
Fran Lebowitz's ideal literary dinner party is one that nobody is invited to. Hired by Andy Warhol as a columnist for Interview, she is the author of the bestselling essay collections, Metropolitan Life and Social Studies.
Sophia Nelson
Sophia A. Nelson is an award-winning author, journalist, politico, attorney, and media commentator.
Francesca Donner
Francesca Donner is director of the newly-launched Gender Initiative at The New York Times.

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