When Everything Changed: The Amazing Journey of American Women
In this speech Collins champions American women. With a gift for story telling, Collins tells of the icons and the ordinary as she examines the struggles and successes women have achieved. From the time the first colonists arrived on our shores to the open sexism of the 1960’s “Mad Men” to Hillary Clinton’s historic run for President, Collins, with a clear eye and candid style, tells the story of all American Women in the battle for parity. Amazingly , for centuries this battle was incredibly unsuccessful until the last fifty years, when almost in a heartbeat all the established preconceptions of women as being inferior to men intellectually and physically came crashing down. How we got from there to here and why it happened, historically speaking, so fast is an enlightening and fascinating journey which resonates with all audiences.
Scorpion Tongues: Gossip, Scandal and American Politics
In this speech Collins destroys the image we have that we are living in the most scandalous and screechiest era in American history. Going back to several other periods, Collins lays out the often outrageous and always colorful tempests that have surrounded certain major political figure and explains how telling and meaningful political gossip is and what it says about the anxieties of the age.
Gail Collins joined The New York Times in 1995 as a member of the editorial board and later as an Op-Ed columnist. In 2001, she was appointed editorial page editor – the first woman to hold that post at The New York Times.
In 2007, she stepped down to finish her book: When Everything Changed: The Amazing Journey of American Women from 1960 to the Present. She returned as a columnist in time to cover the 2008 presidential election.
Ms. Collins is also the author of America’s Women: Four Hundred Years of Dolls, Drudges, Helpmates and Heroines, and four other books: As Texas Goes: How the Lone Star State Hijacked the American Agenda, a biography of William Henry Harrison, Scorpion Tongues: Gossip, Celebrity and American Politics, and The Millennium Book, which she co-authored with her husband, Dan Collins. She is currently at work on a history of older women in America.
Before joining The New York Times, Ms. Collins was a columnist for Newsday, Daily News, and a reporter for United Press International.
She is a graduate of Marquette University, and has a master’s degree in government from the University of Massachusetts. Since 2013, Ms. Collins has been a member of the Pulitzer Prize Board. Her columns appear every Thursday and Saturday and The Conversation, her weekly discussion with David Brooks, appears every Wednesday.