The worldwide outcry from protesters of the 2017 Women’s March made clear the connections of many related issues and the powerful connection to ecofeminism. Pink Hats and Ballots: An Ecofeminist Analysis of Women’s Political Activism in the Age of Trump, Coronavirus, and Black Lives Matter provides an enlightening combination of history, federal policy changes, social science research, and ecofeminism to explain the extraordinary rise of women’s political activism and the continued empowerment of minoritized individuals to resist oppression and engage in heightened new levels of political involvement. Environmental justice, racism, and social justice are central in analyzing the events encapsulating American politics between the 2016 and the 2020 Presidential elections culminating in the massive participation in 2020’s Black Lives Matter protests during the COVID-19 pandemic. This book is vital reading for those new to activism and explains the connections between current issues and the exploitation of the environment.
Lydia Rose is associate professor in the Department of Sociology at Kent State University.
Teresa M. Bartoli is an independent scholar and activist. She holds a MA in speech communications from California State University, Fullerton.
Introduction: Pink Hats and Ballots: Women’s Increase in Political Participation and Activism
Chapter 1: Shifting Ideologies and Ecofeminism
Chapter 2: A Socio-Historical Overview of Ecofeminism
Chapter 3: The Denigration of Women and Marginalized Groups
Chapter 4: Environmental Justice and the Exploitation of the Environment
Chapter 5: The Battle Cry: Resistance and a Surge in Women’s Political Activism
Chapter 6: Pernicious Political Tactics: COVID-19 and Voter Suppression
Chapter 7: Police Brutality and the Black Lives Matter Movement
Conclusion: Ecofeminist Healing Strategies: Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
About the Authors
This impeccably written and exceptionally timely transversal analysis demonstrates the power of women’s contemporary political engagement. Teresa Bartoli and Lydia Rose not only deftly wield ecofeminist theory in their intersectional treatment of resistance to patriarchal oppression, environmental degradation, and social inequality, but also demonstrate how ecofeminism has become part and parcel of women’s activism in the United States.
Using the 2017 Women's March as a central metaphor, Pink Hats and Ballots examines the multiple factors that inspired the significant historic event and its aftermath. The book analyzes the forces that brought women to take part in political protests, run for elected government positions, and inspire a staunch activism that the 2020 Black Lives Matter protests amplified. Examining the connections between these major historical events, the book cogently brings together ecofeminism, environmental studies, sociology, political theory, and other important fields and frameworks to reveal activism’s ability to empower women, Black, African American, Latinx, Native American, and other marginalized groups. Moreover, the book shows the key role of women’s political activism and the Black Lives Matter movement in challenging historical injustices that were deeply affected by Donald Trump’s presidency and the Coronavirus pandemic.