Rebecca Traister

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Rebecca Traister
at the JWA Making Trouble/Making History luncheon, 2012
at the JWA Making Trouble/Making History luncheon, 2012
Born1975 (age 43–44)
Notable worksGood and Mad”
“Big Girls Don't Cry

All the Single Ladies
SpouseDarius Wadia

Rebecca Traister (born 1975) is an American author. She is currently a writer-at-large for New York magazine and The Cut, and a contributing editor at Elle magazine.[1] She wrote for The New Republic from February 2014 through June 2015.[1][2] She appears on cable TV news frequently, commenting on feminism and politics.

Early life and education[edit]

Traister was raised on a farm, the daughter of a Jewish father and a Baptist mother.[3] She attended Germantown Friends School and Northwestern University. After college, she moved to New York City.[3]

Writing and awards[edit]

Her first book, Big Girls Don't Cry (2010), was a New York Times Notable Book of 2010,[4] and the winner of the Ernesta Drinker Ballard Book Prize in 2012.[5] One of the key arguments of the book is that 2008 was the year "in which what was once called the women's liberation movement found thrilling new life" because of the campaign of Hillary Clinton. Her second book, All the Single Ladies (2016), has been referred to as a followup of the first, and presents, in the words of Gillian Whitemarch in The New York Times, a "well-researched, deeply informative examination of women’s bids for independence, spanning centuries."[6] In 2018 she published a third book, Good and Mad: The Revolutionary Power of Women's Anger.

Traister received a "Making Trouble / Making History Award" from the Jewish Women's Archive in 2012 at its annual luncheon, where Gloria Steinem was the presenter.[7][8]

In 2012, Traister received a Mirror Award for Best Commentary in Digital Media for two essays that appeared in Salon ("'30 Rock' Takes on Feminist Hypocrisy–and Its Own," and "Seeing 'Bridesmaids' is a Social Responsibility") and one that appeared in The New York Times ("The Soap Opera Is Dead! Long Live The Soap Opera!").[9]

Private life[edit]

In 2011, Traister married Darius Wadia, a public defender in Brooklyn. They live in New York.[10][11] The couple has two daughters.[12]


  • Big Girls Don't Cry: The Election that Changed Everything for American Women. Simon and Schuster. 14 September 2010. ISBN 978-1-4391-5487-8.
  • All the Single Ladies: Unmarried Women and the Rise of an Independent Nation. Simon & Schuster. 1 March 2016. ISBN 978-1-4767-1658-9.
  • Good and Mad: The Revolutionary Power of Women's Anger. Simon & Schuster. 2018. ISBN 9781501181795.


  1. ^ a b Pompeo, Joe (June 9, 2015). "Rebecca Traister leaving T.N.R. for New York". Politico. Archived from the original on September 5, 2015. Retrieved September 3, 2015.
  2. ^ NR Staff (2016). "Rebecca Traister" (online article directory). The New Republic (June 18). Retrieved 1 March 2016.
  3. ^ a b Bronzite, Sarah (April 14, 2016). "Women no longer need to be married". The Jewish Chronicle. London.
  4. ^ 100 Notable Books of 2010. The New York Times. 24 November 2010. Retrieved 27 October 2010.
  5. ^ "WOMEN'S WAY Book Prize Honorees". WOMEN’S WAY. Archived from the original on 12 March 2016. Retrieved 27 October 2010.
  6. ^ Whitemarch, Gillian B. (March 1, 2016). "'All the Single Ladies' [Subtitle: Unmarried Women and the Rise of an Independent Nation], by Rebecca Traister". The New York Times. Retrieved 1 March 2016. [H]ow do women view their own trajectory, and have society and cultural expectations caught up to what the statistics show is actually happening? Traister is certainly not the first writer to delve into these questions, but she skillfully advances the conversation with this book. A mix of interviews and historical analysis, “All the Single Ladies” is a well-researched, deeply informative examination of women’s bids for independence, spanning centuries. The material can threaten to be overwhelming at times, but Traister provides a thoughtful culling of history to help bridge the gap between, on the one hand, glib depictions of single womanhood largely focused on sexual escapades and, on the other, grave warnings that female independence will unravel the very fabric of the country.
  7. ^ Goodman, Elyssa (March 21, 2012). "The Sisterhood: Seeing Beauty in 'Making Trouble'" (online blog). The Jewish Daily Forward. Retrieved April 16, 2012.
  8. ^ "Making Trouble / Making History | Jewish Women's Archive". Retrieved May 7, 2016.
  9. ^ Garcia, Carmen (June 18, 2012). "Traister wins Mirror Award". Salon. Retrieved September 3, 2015.
  10. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on March 17, 2016. Retrieved March 18, 2016.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link), New York institute for Humanities, December, 2011.
  11. ^ Heinis, John (December 1, 2011). "Judith Wadia, 73, of Weehawken, an artist and environmental activist". The Jersey Journal. New Jersey Online. Retrieved November 27, 2017.
  12. ^ "Little-seen MSNBC interview has big implications for working moms". Fortune. March 11, 2015. Retrieved June 3, 2017.

Further reading[edit]

  • "Rebecca Traister". Current Biography Yearbook. 79 (11): 79–84. 2018.

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