We Rise to Resist
Voices from a New Era in Women’s Political Action
Edited by Paula vW. Dáil* (Lead Editor)
and Betty L. Wells
ABOUT THE BOOK
“There are more seasons to come and there is more work to do" Hillary Clinton told her supporters following her surprising defeat in the 2016 presidential election. Taking these words to heart, on January 21, 2017 millions of women (and men) across America - opposing a president-elect, many considered a misogynist - marched in protest. This was the first mass action of an emerging women’s political resistance movement. This book, written in the unique voices of 36 political resisters who are participating in a growing, women-led, effort to face down assaults on a wide range of issues affecting the political and cultural environment now and going forward.
Speaking truth to power on widely diverse topics, essayists and interviewees include a former Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice; an award-winning feminist theologian; a New Mexico assistant Attorney General; a naturalized Muslim-American; warhorse activists who previously fought for reproductive, civil and immigrant rights; first time protesters; and ordinary women of good will who, frightened about the political environment their daughters and granddaughters will inherit, decided to take action. Their voices echo the sisterhood of determined women, and men, everywhere who love America and stand in solidarity over their concerns.
"For every person who railed in private or public protest against assaults on our nation's cherished institutions, Dail's anthology provides essential validation affirming that dissent eventually works and that one's outrage need not be in vain."
Booklist starred review
Editors Choice pick for March by McFarland Publishers
"The Women's March [that inspired this book] has been called the largest, most spontaneous mass demonstration in U.S. history. My wife and I were delighted to march in the Nashville event and to feel the power of so many good-hearted people rallying for a better America. It was, and is, an inspiration."
U.S. Congressman Jim Cooper (D-TN)
After 9-11 Nikki Stern overcame tragedy to shine as a beacon of reason and hope. Now, as we wobble close to tyranny, Nikki and other excellent writers in “We Rise to Resist…” collectively provide a way out. Resistance has many voices, and some of its most articulate advocates are gathered together in this mighty collection.
Lorraine Berry, contributing essayist The Guardian
An advocate for people with serious mental illness, Dede Ranahan’s essay “A Canary in the Coal Mine” delivers a succinct call for actions to fix a broken mental health treatment system – a must read for everyone concerned about this issue.
Carla Jacobs, past national board member NAMI
Paula vW. Dáil, PhD is an emerita research professor in Social Welfare and Public Policy. Widely published in the social sciences, she is a political activist, former journalist, and award-winning non-fiction writer. She lives in the Lower Wisconsin River Valley of Southwestern Wisconsin.
Betty L. Wells, PhD is a professor of Sociology and extension sociologist at Iowa State University.
* Dail: Introduction, Chs. 1-5 and Chs. 7-13; Wells: Ch. 6.
photo credit: Pam Kidd