Higher Education for Bernie Sanders is an initiative undertaken in support of the Bernie Sanders presidential campaign's proposal for free public higher education. A volunteer effort, it's neither funded nor directed by the Sanders for President campaign. It is a vehicle for indicating support for the proposal and the larger commitment to higher education it reflects, as well as for the principle of public goods in general.
The proposal has been signed by Cornel West, Frances Fox Piven, Nancy Fraser, Wendy Brown, and many other friends of Verso.
Although women reportedly read more than men, women writers are much less reviewed – and when they actually are, they are too often marginalized into chick-lit sections. Throughout the intellectual world, authors, publishers and journalists are taking small steps against the blatant imbalance in how male and female writers and reviewers are treated. One inspiring example that might go viral on the social networks is the #readwomen2014
As a Guardian article suggests, the project started as “listing 250-odd names from Angela Carter to Zadie Smith and encouraging recipients to ‘if not vow to read women exclusively, look up some of the writers I've drawn on the front or listed on the back’.”
Committing to reading more women authors is, in itself, a strong political stance. However, if one wants to address the deeper sociohistorical roots of the problem – namely, patriarchy –ingenuous bemusement at sexist reading habits is clearly insufficient.