Politics & Polls #169: Women’s Rights in the 21st Century Featuring Fatima Goss Graves

Jan 30 2020
By Brillian Bao
Source Woodrow Wilson School

Today’s fight for women’s rights has been decades in the making. Feminist movements in the U.S. have lobbied for national progress on a number of issues, including suffrage, reproductive rights, and pay equity. While thousands of protestors gathered for the Women’s March in early January, a network of legal and political support continued to work behind the scenes to pass legislation to break down gender inequality.

Fatima Goss Graves joins Julian Zelizer in this week’s episode to talk about activism and leadership in light of the #MeToo Movement and the Trump administration. Goss Graves is the president and CEO of the National Women’s Law Center, where she and other members work to improve the lives of women and girls in areas such as income security, health and reproductive rights, education access, and workplace fairness.

Goss Graves is also currently an advisor on the American Law Institute Project on Sexual and Gender-Based Misconduct on Campus and was on the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Select Task Force on the Study of Harassment in the Workplace. She also is a Ford Foundation Public Voices Fellow.


Zelizer has been among the pioneers in the revival of American political history. He is the Malcolm Stevenson Forbes, Class of 1941 Professor of History and Public Affairs at Princeton University and a CNN political analyst. He has written more than 900 op-eds, including his popular weekly column for CNN.com and The Atlantic. This year, he is the distinguished senior fellow at the New York Historical Society, where he is writing a biography of Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel for Yale University's Jewish Lives Series. He is the author and editor of more than 19 books including, “The Fierce Urgency of Now: Lyndon Johnson, Congress, and the Battle for the Great Society,” the winner of the D.B. Hardeman Prize for the Best Book on Congress. In January 2019, Norton published his new book, co-authored with Kevin Kruse, “Fault Lines: A History of the United States Since 1974.” In spring 2020, Penguin Press will publish his other book, “Burning Down the House: Newt Gingrich, The Fall of a Speaker, and the Rise of the New Republican Party.” He has received fellowships from the Brookings Institution, the Guggenheim Foundation, the Russell Sage Foundation and New America.