Sarah Jaffe
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    Sarah Jaffe is a Nation Institute fellow and an independent journalist covering labor, economic justice, social movements, politics, gender, and pop culture.

    Jaffe is the author of Necessary Trouble: Americans in Revolt, which Robin D.G. Kelley called “The most compelling social and political portrait of our age.” Her work has appeared in the New York TimesThe Nation, the Guardian, the Washington Post, the Atlantic, and many other publications. She is the co-host, with Michelle Chen, of Dissent magazine’s Belabored podcast, as well as a columnist at the New Republic and New Labor Forum.

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Featured Work
  • The Unexpected Afterlife of American Communism
  • The power of the radical agitator has always been the ability to expose the gap between the narrative of American greatness and the realities of people's lives.

  • Power Behind the Police
  • A St. Louis-area campaign highlights the networks of powerful individuals who have a vested interest in maintaining the status quo.

  • The World Cup Gender Pay Gap
  • The champions of the women's World Cup are awarded as much money as male players are for just showing up.

  • Exploiting Home-Care Workers
  • The labor department knows home care is a real job. But the courts dismantle every small victory, leaving employees overworked, underpaid, and continually fighting for their rights.

  • Glass Ceiling?
  • People who do the work that makes other work possible — child and home-care workers, most of them women — are joining the 4/15 fight for $15 an hour.

  • Why Feminism Needs Punk
  • There have been too few protests that embrace feminism’s confrontational side, even as disruptive protests for racial justice erupt across the country.

  • 'We Won't Pay'
  • Students in debt take on a for-profit college institution.