Ruth Ben-Ghiat, a frequent contributor to CNN Opinion, is professor of history at New York University and the author of “Strongmen: From Mussolini to the Present.” The views expressed here are her own. Read more opinion on CNN. (CNN)”During the Trump Era, will men finally start acting like men again?” asked the right-wing Infowars site days after President Donald Trump’s January 2017 inauguration. Over the next four years, as the Trump administration sought to damage American democracy, it also propagated an ideal of manhood hostile to women’s rights. This misogyny is in line with a century of authoritarian history. Ruth Ben-Ghiat Women who seek equal opportunities, equal pay and reproductive rights, have always been the strongman’s adversaries, no less than prosecutors, journalists, and the political opposition. The start of the Joe Biden presidency in January 2021, with Sen. Kamala Harris in the role of the first female vice president, offers an opportunity to start to repair the damage. The Biden-Harris administration’s first tasks will be to tame the raging pandemic and mitigate its effects on the economy so that a nation exhausted by illness, loss of loved ones, and increased caregiving responsibilities can start to heal. Yet four years of… Read full this story
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