On Thursday, January 31 at 7 p.m., NYU Steinhardt Professor Carol Gilligan and Research Fellow Naomi Snider will discuss their new book, 'Why Does Patriarchy Persist?'

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The election of an unabashedly patriarchal man as U.S. President was a shock for many—particularly after decades of activism on gender inequalities and equal rights. What is it about patriarchy that seems to make it so resilient and resistant to change? On Thursday, January 31 at 7 p.m. at The Strand, a historic New York City bookstore with 18 miles of new, used and rare books, New York University Steinhardt Professor of Humanities and Applied Psychology Carol Gilligan and Research Fellow Naomi Snider will discuss this in their new book, Why Does Patriarchy Persist?

In this highly original and persuasively argued book, Carol Gilligan, Ph.D. and Naomi Snider, LL. M. put forward a different view: they argue that patriarchy persists because it serves a psychological function. By requiring us to sacrifice love for the sake of hierarchy, patriarchy protects us from the vulnerability of loving and becomes a defense against loss. Uncovering the powerful psychological mechanisms that underpin patriarchy, the authors show how forces beyond our awareness may be driving a politics that otherwise seems inexplicable.

The Strand is located at 828 Broadway at 12th Street in New York City. The event will take place in the Rare Book Room.

Attendees interested in reserving a copy of Why Does Patriarchy Persist? ahead of the event can do so by filling out this Google Form, and a signed copy by visiting the Strand's website.

Journalists interested in attending should RSVP to Jordan.Bennett@nyu.edu.

More on the authors:
Carol Gilligan, Ph.D. is an NYU Steinhardt professor, writer, activist, and author of In a Different Voice. As a previous member of the Harvard University faculty for over 30 years, Gilligan held the university’s first chairship in gender studies. In 1996, Gilligan was named by Time magazine as one of the 25 most influential Americans. Along with her graduate students at NYU, Gilligan co-founded the Radical Listening Project, and is considered one of the world’s most influential feminist thinkers.

Naomi Snider, LL. M. is a research fell at NYU’s School of Law, co-founder of NYU’s Radical Listening Project, and a candidate in psychoanalytic training at the William Alanson White Institute. Snider holds law degrees from the London School of Economics, the University of Toronto and NYU.

About the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development
Located in the heart of New York City’s Greenwich Village, NYU’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development prepares students for careers in the arts, education, health, media and psychology. Since its founding in 1890, the Steinhardt School's mission has been to expand human capacity through public service, global collaboration, research, scholarship, and practice. To learn more about NYU Steinhardt, visit steinhardt.nyu.edu.


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