Senior Editor Rebecca Traister Lectures on Women and the 2008 Election

MediaLibrary#5559In honor of Women’s History Month, The College of New Rochelle presented the 2012 Elvira M. Dowell ‘36 Lecture "Clinton to Palin to Bachmann: the Past, Present and Future of Women in Politics." Rebecca Traister, senior editor for and author of Big Girls Don't Cry: The Election that Changed Everything for American Women, lectured on the 2008 campaign, earlier campaigns by women for president, and the current election on March 1, 2012.

Traister’s book Big Girls Don’t Cry  is a passionate, visionary and very personal account of the cultural ferment surrounding the election of 2008. Selected as a Notable Book of 2010 by the New York Times, Nation magazine called her book, a “riveting account of the 2008 election.” The Nation review went on to say that “Rebecca Traister negotiates the shoals of race and gender with exceptional grace and skill and establishes herself as one of the major younger journalists working today.”

The Dowell Lecture series, sponsored by the Women’s Studies Department, School of Arts & Sciences, and presented annually by CNR, was endowed by Dr. George B. Dowell in memory of his sister, Elvira M. Dowell, a 1936 graduate of the School of Arts & Sciences at the College.

Pictured here (l-r): Dr. Amy Bass, Professor of History in the School of Arts & Sciences; Rebecca Traister; Dr. Richard Thompson, Dean of the School of Arts & Sciences; and Dr. Dorothy Escribano, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs.