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Believing Women: Jessica Valenti and Jaclyn Friedman

With the nomination of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh and the broader #MeToo movement, the political slogan “believe women” has become a rallying cry for the era. First used as a call to end false accusations of deception against women, agenda-setting feminist editors Jessica Valenti and Jaclyn Friedman go beyond the slogan with their new anthology to ask and answer the crucial question: What would happen if we didn't just believe women but acted as though they matter?

Building on the success of the #MeToo movement’s demand for accountability—not just discouraging actions generally but naming names—Believe Me: How Trusting Women Can Change the World is part exposé on misogyny in our culture and part outline for how trusting women creates the foundation for future progress. With essays spanning a call to action by Representative Ayanna Pressley (D–MA) and an interview with #TimesUp activist and Emmy award winner Tatiana Maslany, Valenti and Friedman bring together a powerful group of women whose diverse experiences and thoughtful solutions give us a vision of what a better future could look like. Join Jaclyn Friedman and Jessica Valenti at INFORUM this February for an honest discussion on how we might make tomorrow a brighter day in the fight for women’s empowerment. 


Valenti photo by Leslie Hassler

Friedman photo by Vu Gandin Le

February 11, 2020

The Commonwealth Club
110 The Embarcadero
Toni Rembe Rock Auditorium
San Francisco, 94105
United States

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Jessica Valenti
Columnist, Medium; Founder,; Co-Author, Believe Me: How Trusting Women Can Change the World; @JessicaValenti
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Jaclyn Friedman
Founder and Former Executive Editor, Women, Action and the Media; Podcaster, “Unscrewed”; Co-Author, Believe Me: How Trusting Women Can Change the World; @JaclynF
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Meena Harris
Founder and CEO, Phenomenal Woman Action Campaign—Moderator

5:30 p.m. check-in
6:30 p.m. program
7:30 p.m. book signing