Sonali Kolhatkar speaks with Jill Filipovic about how a generation got left behind.
Ahead of the most important presidential election of our lifetimes there is a clear generational divide between voters with older Americans tending toward President Donald Trump and younger voters toward Joe Biden. The mass protests against racist police brutality are dominated by younger people. That is no accident. Young Americans live in a country that does not resemble what their parents experienced. The opportunity to live a debt-free life with a steady job and decent wages has nearly evaporated.
It’s no wonder that a poll earlier this year found that, 83% of voters believed young people had the power to change the country, and that 79% of young people say the COVID-19 pandemic has helped them realize that politics impact their everyday lives.
Jill Filipovic, journalist, lawyer and author of The H-Spot: The Feminist Pursuit of Happiness. A weekly columnist for CNN and a 2019 New America Future of War fellow, she is also a contributing opinion writer to the New York Times and a former columnist for the Guardian. Her work has appeared in TIME Magazine, the Washington Post, Foreign Policy, and the anthologies Nasty Women: Feminism, Resistance and Revolution in Trump’s America and Yes Means Yes: Visions of Female Sexual Power and a World Without Rape. Her newest book is called Ok Boomer, Let’s Talk: How My Generation Got Left Behind.
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