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Good and Mad

The Revolutionary Power of Women’s Anger

Long before Pantsuit Nation, before the Women’s March, and before the #MeToo movement, women’s anger was not only politically catalytic—but politically problematic. The story of female fury and its cultural significance demonstrates its crucial role in women’s slow rise to political power in America, as well as the ways that anger is received when it comes from women as opposed to when it comes from men.

Good and Mad tracks the history of female anger as political fuel—from suffragettes marching on the White House to office workers vacating their buildings after Clarence Thomas was confirmed to the Supreme Court. Traister explores women’s anger at both men and other women; anger between ideological allies and foes; the varied ways anger is received based on who’s expressing it; and the way women’s collective fury has become transformative political fuel. She deconstructs society’s (and the media’s) condemnation of female emotion (especially rage) and the impact of their resulting repercussions. The book was published in 2018, in the same week that Christine Blasey Ford testified at Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court confirmation hearings, and portions of it were read into the Congressional record on the day that Kavanaugh was confirmed.

  • A New York Times Bestseller

  • “Urgent, enlightened…realistic and compelling…Traister eloquently highlights the challenge of blaming not just forces and systems, but individuals”

    The Washington Post
  • “A hopeful, maddening compendium of righteous feminine anger, and the good it can do when wielded efficiently—and collectively”

    Vanity Fair
  • “perfectly timed and inspiring”

    People, Book of the Week