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Seize the Moment Podcast

Mar 5, 2023

On episode 163, we welcome Elizabeth Cobbs to discuss the history and necessity of feminist thought, the contrasting lives of Abigail Adams and Abigail Bailey, the nefarious reason feminism became a dirty word, the historical and modern examples of sexist laws, the widespread adoption of feminism as a means of signaling safety for women wanting to report abuse, the beginnings of Me Too, the divisiveness and self-defeatism of labeling people bad feminists, Beyoncé’s adoption and adaptation of feminism to include traditional femininity, female competition and the envy of “mean girls,” the mindsets of women struggling with eating disorders and body dysmorphia and why they deserve our sympathy, Gretchen Carlson’s decision to challenge the misogynistic culture of Fox News, and how feminist activism can continue to foster progress.

Elizabeth Cobbs holds the Melbern Glasscock Chair in American History at Texas A&M University. A prizewinning historian, novelist, and documentary filmmaker, she is the author of The Hello Girls: America’s First Women Soldiers, American Umpire, The Hamilton Affair (a New York Times bestseller), and The Tubman Command.Her newest book, available now, is called Fearless Women: Feminist Patriots from Abigail Adams to Beyoncé.


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