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Interchange – For Want of a Better Choice: The Faux Feminism of Hillary Rodham Clinton

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It’s thought that to get a woman in the White House 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 and dissent seems tantamount to political betrayal.

False-Choices-HR-Clinton-web-700x1050-5210b2913b21763dcaca9504ad1f03c8A new book, False Choices: The Faux Feminism of Hillary Rodham Clinton, challenges this account with 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.

(“For want of a better choice” is a phrase out of the essay “The Great Ambivalence” by Tressie McMillan Cottom)

DISCUSSED
“Waging War On Teachers” by Megan Erickson
“Marry the State, Jail the People: Hillary Clinton and the Rise of Carceral Feminism” by Yasmin Nair
“Abortion and the Politics of Failure” by Maureen Tkacik
“Hillary Does Honduras” by Belén Fernández

GUESTS
Liza Featherstone writes often about feminism and economic justice. She is a contributing writer to the Nation and the magazine’s first-ever advice columnist. Also a columnist for amNY, Featherstone has published in many national publications including the New York Times, the Washington Post, Ms., Glamour, Teen Vogue, and the Women’s Review of Books. She is the author of Selling Women Short: The Landmark Battle for Workers’ Rights at Wal-Mart and is finishing a history of the focus group. She teaches journalism at both New York University and Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs.

Amber A’Lee Frost is a writer living in Brooklyn, New York. Her work has been featured in Jacobin, The Baffler, the New York Observer, and Dangerous Minds, as well as the collection Rosa Luxemburg: Her Life and Legacy. She serves on the editorial board of New Politics. Frost also teaches writing at New York University. She is an active member of the Democratic Socialists of America.

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