Lillian Faderman in Conversation with Sally Haldorson

April 27, 2022


We invite our reading community to come along as we take a deeper look at Woman: The American History of an Idea and learn more about author Lillian Faderman through this live-streamed interview.

What does it mean to be a “woman” in America?

In her new book, Woman: The American History of an Idea, award-winning gender and sexuality scholar Lillian Faderman traces the evolution of the meaning from Puritan ideas of God’s plan for women to the sexual revolution of the 1960s and its reversals to the impact of such recent events as #metoo, the appointment of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court, the election of Kamala Harris as vice president, and the transgender movement.

Our interview with Lillian Faderman was conducted by our Managing Director Sally Haldorson on March 23rd. Here is the full video of that interview.

Buy a copy of Lillian's book from our event partners, Boswell Book Company, here.

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Lillian Faderman is an internationally known scholar of lesbian and LGBT history and literature, as well as ethnic history and literature. She is professor emerita at California State University, Fresno. Her books on the history of gender and sexuality have won numerous prizes, including seven Lambda Literary Awards, two Stonewall Book Awards, and the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award. She lives in La Jolla, CA.

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