Since January’s record-shattering women’s march, the leading voices of political resistance to the Trump administration have been women’s. Editors Samhita Mukhopadhyay and Kate Harding gather some of the brilliant perspectives from this new feminist movement in their collection Nasty Women: Feminism, Resistance, and Revolution in Trump’s America. For this event, Mukhopadhyay and Harding join contributor Ijeoma Oluo, Seattle luminary and feminist writer whose work has appeared in periodicals across the world. The three come together to share excerpts from essays containing accounts of women’s lives since the 2016 election, with dispatches from the ongoing movements for the rights of vulnerable communities, and a celebration of the new politics of resistance. Mukhopadhyay, Harding, and Oluo raise up over a dozen voices of ‘nasty women’ across the country, providing a complex array of perspectives on what it means to be a feminist in Trump’s America.
Samhita Mukhopadhyay is a writer and editor the Editorial Director of Culture and Identities at Mic, and author of Outdated: Why Dating is Ruining Your Love Life. Her writing has appeared in The Nation, The American Prospect, The Guardian, New York Magazine, Al Jazeera, and others. Kate Harding is the author of Asking For It: The Alarming Rise of Rape Culture—and What We Can Do About It, a finalist for the Minnesota Book Award in general nonfiction. Previously, she collaborated with Marianne Kirby on Lessons from the Fat-o-Sphere, and with a cast of thousands on The Book of Jezebel. Her writing has appeared in The Guardian, the Los Angeles Times, Salon, Jezebel, and Mic, among others. Ijeoma Oluo is a Seattle-based feminist writer and activist whose work has appeared in New York Magazine, Medium, The Stranger, and The Monarch Review, among other publications. She was named one of the most influential people in Seattle, by Seattle Magazine, and she’s currently the Editor-At-Large at The Establishment—a media platform run and funded by women.