Wordfest Presents Lauren McKeon (No More Nice Girls)
Memorial Park Library, 2nd Floor
1221 2 St SW
From the award-winning author of F-Bomb: Dispatches from the War on Feminism, comes No More Nice Girls, Gender, Power, and Why It’s Time To Stop Playing By The Rules. Her new book charts a hopeful and potent path forward for how to disrupt the standard (very male) vision of power, ditch convention, and build a more equitable world for everyone. Hosted by Shelley Youngblut, this event features an on-stage interview, followed by an audience Q&A and book signing.
About No More Nice Girls
In the age of girl bosses, Beyoncé, and Black Widow, we like to tell our little girls they can be anything they want when they grow up, except they’ll have to work twice as hard, be told to “play nice,” and face countless double standards that curb their personal, political, and economic power. Today, long after the rise of girl power in the 90s, the failed promise of a female president, and the ubiquity of feminist-branded everything, women are still a surprisingly, depressingly long way from gender and racial equality. It’s worth asking: Why do we keep trying to win a game we were never meant to play in the first place?
Award-winning journalist and author Lauren McKeon examines the varied ways in which our institutions are designed to keep women and other marginalized genders at a disadvantage and shows us why we need more than parity, visible diversity, and lone female CEOs to change this power game. She uncovers new models of power — ones the patriarchy doesn’t get to define — by talking to lawyers insisting on gender-neutral change rooms in courthouses, programmers creating apps to track the breakdown of men and women being quoted in the news media, educators illustrating tampon packaging with pictures of black bodies, and many other women doing power differently.
About Lauren McKeon
Lauren McKeon is the winner of several National Magazine Awards, and her writing has appeared in Hazlitt, Flare, Reader’s Digest, and Best Canadian Essays 2017, on TVO.org, and in the book Whatever Gets You Through: Twelve Survivors on Life After Sexual Assault. McKeon has taught long-form writing at Humber College and holds an M.F.A. in Creative Nonfiction from the University of King’s College. She was the editor of This Magazine from 2011 to 2016 and is currently a contributing editor at Toronto Life and the digital editor at The Walrus.
- “Twenty books you need to know about in Spring 2020” — The Star
Also by Lauren:
- “Why I'm hoping for a world without International Women's Day” — TVO
Books will be available for purchase at the event by local bookseller, Shelf Life Books.
If you want to purchase the book in advance: