Vivian Gornick says, “Every fifty years since the French Revolution there’s been an uprising on behalf of women’s rights…and each time around a fresh chorus of voices is heard, making the same righteous bid for social and political equality, only with more force and more eloquence than the time before. Among today’s strongest voices is the one that belongs to Rebecca Traister.” Seeing Brittney Cooper in action has been described as, "Like watching the world’s best Baptist preacher but with sermons about intersectionality and Beyoncé instead of Ecclesiastes." Join two of today’s leading feminist voices and international standouts of this year’s Festival, Brittney Cooper (Eloquent Rage) and Rebecca Traister (Good and Mad) in conversation with Santilla Chingaipe to celebrate the power of women’s rage as a galvanizing force. Canvassing the history of women mobilising in transformative political movements – from suffrage to civil rights and the fault lines exposed more recently by the #MeToo movement – they make a call to anger between allies, reminding us that when harnessed, righteous fury can change history.
Supported by UNSW Arts & Social Sciences.
This event is Auslan-interpreted.
Rebecca Traister (International)
Rebecca Traister is the author of the award-winning Big Girls Don’t Cry, the New York Times bestselling All the Single Ladies and Good and Mad: The Revolutionary Power of Women’s Anger, which was named one of the ten best books of 2018 by The Washington Post. Vivian Gornick says, “Every fifty years since the French Revolution there’s been an uprising on behalf of women’s rights—we’re in the middle of one right now—and each time around a fresh chorus of voices is heard, making the same righteous bid for social and political equality, only with more force and more eloquence than the time before. Among today’s strongest voices is the one that belongs to Rebecca Traister.” A National Magazine Award winner, she is writer at large for New York Magazine, and has written about women in politics, media, and entertainment from a feminist perspective for Elle, The New Republic and Salon and has also contributed to The Nation, The New York Observer, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Vogue, Glamour and Marie Claire.
Brittney Cooper (International)
Brittney Cooper is associate professor of women’s and gender studies and Africana Studies at Rutgers University. She is author of Beyond Respectability: The Intellectual Thought of Race Women and Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower.
Santilla Chingaipe (Australian)
Santilla Chingaipe is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker based in Melbourne. She spent nearly a decade working for SBS World News which saw her report from across Africa and interview some of the continent’s most prominent leaders. She has reported extensively on Australia’s diverse African communities. Her documentary work includes the landmark SBS program Date My Race and Black As Me, which explores the perception of beauty and race in Australia. Her latest documentary series Third Culture Kids premieres on ABC iView later this year. Santilla recently partnered with the Wheeler Centre to curate Australia’s first anti-racism festival, Not Racist, But... She writes regularly for The Saturday Paper and is a member of the federal government’s advisory group on Australia-Africa relations. Her work explores contemporary migration, cultural identities and politics.