With an admitted sexual predator and chauvinist about to take up (part-time?) residence in the White House, great political writing by women needs to be a part of our daily media consumption. Though the Trump administration hasn’t even started yet, a number of female political writers have distinguished themselves with their unique perspectives on Trump and what will regrettably soon be the Trump era. Here are some tremendous female political writers to follow, and follow on Twitter, in 2017.
Previously, we’ve written about Roqayah’s work as co-host of the podcast Delete Your Account. She is also an excellent writer; her work is primarily concerned with the Muslim experience in the U.S., progressive feminism, and the intersection of the two. For her recent piece, “An American in Syria: The Anti-Fascist Struggle For Communal Society in Ruins,” she interviewed a young American florist who volunteered to fight with the Kurdish YPG in Syria against ISIS. The interview makes you think about what meaningful action and having principles looks like today. “What Makes for Good Solidarity With American Muslims and What Doesn’t?” is a short piece accompanied by infographics that is essential reading for those of us hoping to be good allies post-election. “Coming Out of Election Haze: How Do Women of Left Overcome Elite Feminism?” is an important reminder that feminist concerns aren’t monolithic, and helpful for men hoping to understand the divisions that exist within feminism.
Throughout the election cycle and its horrific aftermath, Ashley Feinberg has consistently been one of the best (and funniest) journalists covering politics. Her piece “Is Donald Trump’s Hair a $60,000 Weave?” was one of the pinnacle pieces from the end of the Gawker era. She has continued to be unrelenting and hilarious in the face of the impending Trump presidency. Pieces like “Daddy Trump Let Lil' Donnie Pick the Interior Secretary Most Likely to Let Him Kill Things” and “Rick Perry’s Glasses Qualify Him for Important Science Post, Building Nukes” might be what you need to help you get out of bed as you confront the daily reality of getting 24 hours closer to a Trump presidency.
Outlet: Teen Vogue
A number of female-targeted publications have made the conscious choice to ratchet up their political coverage in the face of Trumpism. Lauren Duca at Teen Vogue made national headlines with her piece “Donald Trump Is Gaslighting America,” but that fine piece was just one of many political articles she’s written for the site. If you enjoyed the piece on Trump, you can also find articles she’s written on LGBTQ rights, the Dakota Access Pipeline, and various other topics among her bylines, as she balances the rest of her workload of celebrity news with her political writing.
In the age of Trump, politics should be a part-time job for everyone. This means that any publication should serve its readers with political content tailored to their interests and perspective. Many Internet commenters (Here’s looking at you, w00t420) love to cry, “Stick to sports!” when anyone dares to deviate from their narrow preconceptions about what a given site should publish, but in reality not all of the electorate read the New York Times, and not only the New York Times’ opinion matters. Whether you’re a sports blog, women’s fashion site, or *cough* a cannabis lifestyle publication, politics matter. Duca is at the forefront of this shifting perspective, and is doing great work.
Outlet: Sunlight Foundation
During a Donald Trump administration, the Sunlight Foundation’s mission as “a national, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that uses the tools of civic tech, open data, policy analysis, and journalism to make our government and politics more accountable and transparent to all” is going to be vital for democracy. One example of the vital importance of the work they do is Libby Watson’s recent piece “Trump Brings His Own Billionaires to Stock His Cabinet,” in which she outlines the donation history and political activity of Trump’s cabinet picks. Watson also authored work on Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders’ campaigns during the election.
Her work at the Sunlight Foundation is necessarily a bit dry, so it is worth following her Twitter and reading her periodic work at other outlets like New York mag (“It’s Time to Reclaim Trolling”) and the dearly departed Gawker (“Meet the Wankers Who Want to Be Britain’s Prime Minister”) to get a sense of her sharp sense of humor and wit.
Outlets: Cosmopolitan, Jezebel
Ivanka Trump cut short an interview with Cosmo’s Prachi Gupta (pictured above) when Gupta asked her some tough questions about her father’s stance on maternity leave. It was clear from the tone of the phone interview between Gupta and Trump that Ivanka was not prepared for tough questions. She may have made assumptions about Cosmo, but if she did, she clearly didn’t bother to look at Gupta’s work. With pieces like “My Family Will Never Recover From Being Refugees” and “What It Feels Like Watching Donald Trump As a Brown Person” on her resume, Gupta has built a reputation as a fearless, thoughtful writer. Gupta joins Jezebel in 2017, adding her voice to a site that is already publishing some of the best political writing online.
*Full disclosure: Prachi Gupta and I both graduated from the same class at the University of Pittsburgh, and while we have mutual friends, we do not know each other personally.