Presidential Award Honoree: Susan Faludi

Susan Faludi is this year’s recipient of the Presidential Award.


Thursday, June 3, 2021 - 7:00pm to 7:45pm (Shubert Theatre (Webinar))

Thursday, June 3, 2021 - 8:00pm to 8:30pm (Melnea Cass)  (Q&A)

Susan Faludi is a Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist and the author of the bestselling Backlash: The Undeclared War Against American Women, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction; Stiffed: The Betrayal of the American Man; and The Terror Dream: Myth and Misogyny in an Insecure America, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for Criticism. In her most recent book, In the Darkroom, Faludi investigates her transgender father’s lifetime of identity transformations, and the larger mysteries of identity—personal, political, and cultural—transfixing our times.   Backlash, published in 1991, played a formative role in the revival of a national discussion about feminism. The book punctured popular myths about the “costs” of women’s independence that have been repeatedly deployed to discourage women from pursuing equality. In Stiffed, which was published in 1999, Faludi turned her attention to the social pressures placed on men, analyzing the contemporary forces that warp men’s lives and attitudes. Her 2007 book, The Terror Dream, is one of the most original dissections of the post-9/11 American psyche in the media, popular culture, and political life. All of her work challenges convention and stereotype and encourages readers to re-evaluate their own views and convictions.  Susan Faludi was born in New York City and grew up in Yorktown Heights, New York, where she attended public school and discovered an early love for journalism while editing the high school paper. She went to Harvard University on scholarship, majored in American and English history and literature, and served as managing editor of The Harvard Crimson. She graduated summa cum laude and entered professional journalism, hop-scotching from copy girl at The New York Times to reporter at The Miami Herald, Sunday magazine writer at The Atlanta Constitution and The San Jose Mercury News, and reporter at The Wall Street Journal. She won the Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Journalism while at The Wall Street Journal, for a story about the painful human consequences of a leveraged buyout of Safeway Stores.  Faludi’s work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Harper’s, and The Nation, among other publications. For the last several years, she has taught gender studies, first at Harvard University and then at Bowdoin College.


Other works by Susan Faludi:

‘Believe All Women’ Is a Right-Wing Trap

How feminists got stuck answering for a canard.

New York Times

Trumped and Abandoned,

The Baffler

A Conversation with Susan Faludi on Backlash, Trumpism, and #MeToo, Signs

In ‘The Darkroom,’ A Writer Comes To Grips With Her Dad’s Gender Transition, NPR

Susan Faludi: the feminist writer on trans issues, Donald Trump and masculinity, The Guardian

Susan Faludi’s Response to #BacklashBookClub, Matter




2021 Conference Dates and Deadlines

13-Aug-20 Submission Page Goes Live
28-Feb-28 Deadline for Proposals
10-Apr-21 Presenter Registration Ends at 11:59 pm: Non-registrants Dropped from Program
15-Apr-21 Preliminary Schedule Available
01-May-21 Non-presenter Registration Continues Through the Conference  

June 2-5, 2021 

Virtual Conference


All presenters must be current, paid members of the PCA and registered for the conference. Non-presenters who attend the full conference must also pay membership fees.  

The last day for all refunds is February 15, 2021. No refund requests will be honored after this date. Membership fees are non-refundable and non-transferable.