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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (615 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Rebecca Traister Narrator: Kirsten Potter Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In the last two years, the United States—its history, assumptions, prejudices, and vocabulary—have all cracked open. A woman won a state presidential primary contest (quite a few of them, actually) for the first time in this country’s history. Less than a year later, a vice-presidential candidate concluded her appearance in a national debate and immediately reached for her newborn baby. A few months after that, an African American woman moved into the White House not as an employee but as the First Lady. She is only the third First Lady in American history to have a postgraduate degree, and for most of her marriage, she has out-earned her husband.

In Big Girls Don’t Cry, Rebecca Traister, a Salon.com columnist whose election coverage garnered much attention, makes sense of this moment in American history, in which women broke barriers and changed the country’s narrative in completely unexpected ways: How did the volatile, exhilarating events of the 2008 election fit together? What lessons can be learned from these great political upheavals about women, politics, and the media?

In an utterly engaging, razor-sharp narrative interlaced with her first-person account of being a young woman navigating this turbulent and exciting time, Traister explores how—thanks to the campaigns of Hillary Clinton and Sarah Palin and the history-making work and visibility of Michelle Obama, Tina Fey, Rachel Maddow, Katie Couric, and others—women began to emerge stronger than ever on the national stage.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A passionate, visionary, and very personal account.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “I ended up admiring Traister and loving her book. In its best parts, it is a raw and brave memoir of a journalist who discovered that all is not well for women in America, and a description of how she and other young women are laying claim to their rightful place in the fight…Such a youthful embrace of the women’s work yet to be done is exhilarating—for her generation and for mine.”

    Washington Post

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Anne | 2/16/2014

    " Reading this was pure pleasure. Rebecca Traister is a wonderful writer. Big Girls is packed with humor and relevant insights about feminism, politics and American media. I recommend it to any woman that cares about the intersection politics and the progression of gender parity. Can't overstate how much I enjoyed this. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by t m | 2/14/2014

    " This book was a great read - especially with this much distance from 2008. It was really interesting to revisit the 2008 campaign with the added insight of time and Traister's collection of perspectives. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Lianne | 2/13/2014

    " Really interesting book about the 2008 election through the lens of feminism and our current cultural and societal values. I learned a lot, and will use it while the 2012 election season unfolds (though without any women candidates). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Charlotte Osborn-bensaada | 2/5/2014

    " I am finishing this during the twilight of the 2012 campaign. While this book is really about how women were treated, construed and ultimately fared in the 2008 election, we see many of the issues that will dog Obama's uneven performance in the 2012 campaign. Some may complain that this book rehashes too much of first and second wave feminism, but I personally found it informative and essential to understanding the riptides of race and gender in our politics and debates. I wish more books were out there that were as honest and cogent as Traister'd description of the 2008 election. "

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