Beating Back Mansplaining and Other Acts of Sexism in Politics and Organizing

Beating Back Mansplaining and Other Acts of Sexism in Politics and Organizing

Session Type(s): Panel

Starts: Thursday, Jun. 20 2:45 PM (Pacific)

Ends: Thursday, Jun. 20 2:45 PM (Pacific)

Room: 210 BF

Earlier this year, Sen. Ron Johnson infamously mansplained to newly elected Sen. Tammy Baldwin how the federal budget works even though she was in the House of Representatives for 14 years. Mansplaining, excluding women from positions of power, opposing policies like VAWA or fair pay and other insidious acts of sexism occur every day in Congressional offices, newsrooms, or (gasp!) even in our own progressive community. Panelists will discuss the realities of sexism, the progressive activist base’s reluctance to naming sexism and how to combat mansplaining and other sexist attitudes. We’ll talk about why we as progressives still have a long way to go in recognizing that many of the barriers women face in politics and organizing are rooted in sexism.



Duncan Black

Eschaton and Media Matters. Otherwise known as Atrios.

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Cheryl Contee


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Amanda Marcotte

Amanda Marcotte is a freelance journalist, author, and feminist gadfly. She blogs at and at Slate’s XX Factor, as well as writing for such diverse outlets such as the Guardian, Reuters, Alternet, and the American Prospect. She also loves multi-media, doing podcasts for RH Reality Check and on the Citizen Radio network, as well as a TV clip review show called The Orange Couch.

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Shaunna Thomas


Shaunna Thomas is co-founder and Executive Director of UltraViolet, an organization fighting for gender equity and justice, from politics and policy to media and pop culture. Shaunna has had a fifteen year career in progressive organizing, building progressive infrastructure projects and winning critical policy fights at the national level.