The 51%

The past couple of years have been interesting ones for women, to put it mildly. Let us count the ways, or some of them, anyway: The predatory horrors of Harvey Weinstein and his ilk. The ongoing attacks on reproductive rights and Planned Parenthood. The Women's March on Washington. The #MeToo movement. The unprecedented numbers of women who are presently running for elected office across the nation. And, er, pink pussy hats.

(And, for a little local color, let's not forget would-be Missouri senator Courtland Sykes.) 

Given all of this, we are putting together four of the smartest women writers you will ever see congregated in one place, and will be asking what they make of it all. The panel will consist of Camille Dungy (whose astonishing book of essays just got shortlisted for the National Book Critics Circle Award for criticism), Jami Attenberg, Melissa Febos, and Cathi Hanauer. Prepare to have your minds blown, people.

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Cathi Hanauer is the New York Times bestselling author of three acclaimed novels (Gone, Sweet Ruin, and My Sister's Bones) and two anthologies: The Bitch in the House (2002), which sold in sixteen countries, and The Bitch is Back, which was an NPR Best Book of 2016. She's published articles, essays, and criticism in The New York Times, Elle, O, Real Simple, and many other magazines, and is the co-founder, along with her husband, Daniel Jones, of the New York Times "Modern Love" column. She lives in Northampton, Massachusetts and New York City. Find her at, or watch her 2017 TED talk, "How to Avoid Becoming The Bitch in the House and The Bastard on the Couch."