Author(s): Lisa Featherstone
Hillary Rodham Clinton is one of the most powerful women in world politics, and the irrational right-wing hatred of Clinton has fed her progressive appeal, helping turn her into a feminist icon. To get a woman in the White House, it's thought, would be an achievement for all women everywhere, a kind of trickle-down feminism. In the run-up to the 2016 presidential election, the mantle of feminist elect has descended on Hillary Clinton, as a thousand viral memes applaud her, and most mainstream feminist leaders, thinkers, and organizations endorse her. In this atmosphere, dissent seems tantamount to political betrayal. In False Choices, an all-star lineup of feminists contests this simplistic reading of the candidate. A detailed look at Hillary Clinton's track record on welfare, Wall Street, criminal justice, education, and war reveals that she has advanced laws and policies that have done real harm to the lives of women and children across the country and the globe. This well-researched collection of essays restores to feminism its revolutionary meaning, and outlines how it could transform the United States and its relation to the world.Includes essays from prominent feminist writers Liza Featherstone, Laura Flanders, Moe Tkacik, Medea Benjamin, Frances Fox Piven and Fred Block, Donna Murch, Kathleen Geier, Yasmin Nair, Megan Erickson, Tressie McMillan Cottom, Catherine Liu, Amber A'Lee Frost, Margaret Corvid, Belen Fernandez, Zillah Eisenstein, and others.
Liza Featherstone writes about feminism, labor, education, and social justice. She is the author of Selling Women Short: The Landmark Battle for Workers' Rights at Wal-Mart (Basic Books), the co-author of Students Against Sweatshops (Verso), and the author of the forthcoming Behind the Mirror (OR Books), on focus groups. She is a columnist for The Nation and for amNY, and a contributing editor at JSTOR Daily. Her work has been published by The New York Times, The Washington Post, Ms., The San Francisco Chronicle, Slate, The American Prospect, Columbia Journalism Review, Glamour, CNN.com, The Daily Beast, Salon, Teen Vogue, Newsday, the Los Angeles Times, The Brooklyn Rail , Book Forum, The Women's Review of Books and many other publications. Featherstone was the Belle Zeller Visiting Professor of Public Policy at Brooklyn College from 2013-2015, and currently teaches at New York University's Arthur Carter Journalism Institute and Columbia's School for International and Public Affairs. She has received journalism fellowships from Columbia Journalism School, the Nation Institute, and the Hoover Institution.