Nevertheless, She Persisted: Feminism and Pleasure in Trump’s America

A panel on how to survive and thrive as a feminist in a troubled political climate, featuring (from left to right) Nona Willis Aronowitz, Samhita Mukhopadhyay, and Jill Filipovic. Jill Filipovic’s new book is “The H-Spot: The Feminist Pursuit of Happiness.”

Women have come out in force to protest the Trump administration’s encroachments on women’s rights and human rights at home and abroad. But to successfully oppose Trump, feminists also need to counter his “America First” narrative with one of their own—one that says all human beings are entitled to happiness. What does the feminist pursuit of happiness look like in dark, reactionary times? Three panelists attempt to answer that question.

Jill Filipovic is a journalist and attorney based in Nairobi and New York City. Her new book “The H-Spot” explores how American women exercise their right to “the pursuit of happiness” in light of social expectations and systemic inequalities.

Nona Willis Aronowitz is a writer, editor, author, and features editor at Fusion. She has been a contributing writer for the Washington Post, New York Magazine, Matter, The Guardian, The Atlantic, Playboy, The Nation, and Rookie, among many others.

Samhita Mukhopadhyay is the Senior Editorial Director of Culture and Identities at Mic and author of “Outdated: Why Dating is Ruining Your Love Life.”