Anthology contributors Michelle Bowdler and Ari Belathar share their pieces from We Rise to Resist and discuss the book with editor Paula Dail.
"I’m not giving up – and neither should you," became the mantra for women everywhere who were deeply disappointed in the outcome of the 2016 presidential election. Taking these words to heart, on January 21, 2017 millions of women – and men – across America, angry that a misogynist had been elected President of the United States, 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 "make America great again" on their terms, represents the first chapter in the emerging story of this movement.
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 protestors; 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 concern for its future.