In honor of the release of the Pantsuit Nation book, Schuler Books will be hosting an evening with Pantsuit Nation, featuring storytelling, resource-sharing, and community action. Come celebrate the power of collective storytelling, and meet some of the contributors to the Pantsuit Nation book, leaders of local progressive non-profit organizations, and fellow members of the resistance.
Pantsuit Nation is an inspiring collection of stories and photographs that capture what it means to live, work, love, and resist in America―from the Facebook group with millions of engaged and impassioned members.
In October 2016, Maine resident Libby Chamberlain created a “secret” Facebook group encouraging a handful of friends to wear pantsuits to the polls. Overnight, the group of thirty exploded to 24,000 members. By November 8, the group was three million strong. Since Pantsuit Nation’s inception, its members have shared personal stories that illustrate the complexities of living in a vibrant, oftentimes contentious democracy. Members turn to Pantsuit Nation as a place of refuge and inspiration, where marginalized voices are amplified, faces are put to political decisions, resources are shared, and activism is ignited. It is a dynamic, diverse community united by an unwavering commitment to building a more just, inclusive world.
Now, hundreds of Pantsuit Nation members have contributed their stories and photographs to form this extraordinary book. An indelible testament to the idea that change comes first from the heart, and that the surest way to move a heart is to tell a story, Pantsuit Nation is a portrait of a moment in history and a rallying cry for our time.
Pantsuit Nation Manifesto:
Stories spark change. Taken individually, a story can create a tiny opening in a once-closed space. It is a glimmer. It can shine as something that is true and raw and beautiful. But one story—a single voice telling a single story—is often all too easy to ignore, to shout over or drown out. A single voice can be targeted or silenced.
Pantsuit Nation exists to harness the power of collective storytelling. Millions of voices telling millions of stories. We amplify the voices of those who have historically been underrepresented or excluded.
We listen. We empower our members to speak with honesty and without fear of attack. We are strong in our diversity. We invite conversation—true conversation—about the issues that are most fundamental to us and our identities.
We believe that feminism is intersectional. We believe that 'women’s rights are human rights.' We believe that progress around racial justice, LGBTQIA rights, rights for people with disabilities, religious freedom, and the fight to combat hatred and bigotry in all forms is most effective when emboldened and humanized through first-person narrative. We believe that politics is personal, and that progressive movement occurs when the empathetic potential of a story is unleashed.
Stories spark change. Taken collectively, stories open us up to the vast and complex realities of what it means to live, work, love, struggle, and celebrate in our country. As Pantsuit Nation, millions of glimmers combine to create the kind of bright light that can’t be ignored or overshadowed.