Thank you for your interest in being interviewed for my book “UPPITY: Women, Race and Class in America” to be published by Nation Books in 2018.
I’m looking to talk to professional women of color ages 25-65 about their experiences in work, love and health to help answer the question: Is having it all a concept created by white women, for white women?
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NEW YORK, NY (March 29, 2017) – Nation Books has acquired rights to publish the upcoming book by CNN correspondent Tanzina Vega, UPPITY: Women, Race and Class in America. Alessandra Bastagli, editorial director of Nation Books, acquired world rights from Amy and Peter Bernstein at the Bernstein Literary Agency.
Part reportage, part cri de coeur, UPPITY is a searing expose of the barriers and obstacles that women of color face personally and professionally as they strive to get ahead in America today. In just a few more decades, women of color in the United States will be the majority of all women in the country. While far from a monolithic group, many have had-and continue to have- experiences with sexism and racism, subtle and overt, that has made it harder for them to achieve the American Dream. On the surface, racism and sexism had become largely unspoken and socially unacceptable in American life. Women of color were on the rise, from Sonia Sotomayor and Loretta Lynch in Washington to Viola Davis, Ava Duvernay, and Shonda Rhimes in Hollywood. The #BlackLivesMatter movement was founded by three black women, two of them queer. Online and off, black, Asian, Latinx and Muslim women are claiming their own brand of feminism. And yet, inequality and hate have hardly disappeared.
With UPPITY, Vega aims to begin a national conversation around bias, stereotypes and the lives women of color today. A fourth wave of feminism is upon us, she predicts, one centered on the concerns of women of color who have been pushed to the sidelines for far too long, their voices ignored. “Can American women of color claim their happiness and their success?” she writes. “Or is ‘having it all’ a concept created by white women, for white women?” From health and education to personal and professional relationships, Vega will use her own experiences and the experiences of women she has been mentoring and advising for decades to illustrate the problem and make the case for a truly intersectional feminist movement.