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Amy Siskind (born December 16, 1965) is an American activist and writer. She is the author of The List: A Week-by-Week Reckoning of Trump’s First Year (2018) and organizer of the We the People March.

Amy Siskind
Siskind in April 2018
Siskind in April 2018
Born (1965-12-16) December 16, 1965 (age 53)
Marblehead, Massachusetts
OccupationActivist, author
ResidenceWestchester County, New York
NationalityAmerican
Alma materCornell University
NYU Stern School of Business
SubjectsPolitics, women's rights
Notable workThe List: A Week-by-Week Reckoning of Trump’s First Year (2018)
Years active2008–present
Website
amysiskind.com

Early life and education

Siskind was born in Marblehead, Massachusetts to Jewish parents, Bernard Siskind and Selma Lipsky Siskind, and is the youngest of five siblings.[1][2][3] She attended Marblehead High School, graduating in 1984.[4] She received a BA in Economics from Cornell University in 1987,[5] and an MBA in Finance and International Business from the NYU Stern School of Business in 1992.[6]

Career

Early career

As a Wall Street executive, Siskind was a pioneer and expert in the distressed debt trading market. She became the first female Managing Director at Wasserstein Perella & Co. in 1996, at the age of 31, and later ran trading departments at Morgan Stanley and Imperial Capital, where she was also a partner.[7][8] Siskind worked 20 years on Wall Street before retiring in 2006.[9]

The New Agenda and political activism

Siskind was an early supporter of Hillary Clinton during the 2008 United States presidential election cycle, having previously supported Clinton's re-election bid to the United States Senate, and having taken her daughter to meet Clinton at an event in 2006.[10] In August 2008, Siskind co-founded The New Agenda in her living room with 30 Hillary Clinton supporters who alleged sexism and misogyny were at play during the 2008 election.[11][12]

The New Agenda is a non-profit organization "dedicated to improving the lives of women and girls by bringing about systemic change in the media, at the workplace, at school and at home".[12] As of August 2019 she is president of the organization.[13][14] It focuses on issues that affect the success of women including pay discrimination, sexual assault and sexual harassment.[9]

Siskind has drawn criticism from liberals for voting for John McCain over Barack Obama and for her defense of Sarah Palin.[15] Siskind was reported to be one of the earliest supporters of the Me Too movement, sparked by a tweet from Alyssa Milano on October 15, 2017, for which Siskind tweeted her own support within the first hundred minutes.[16]

The List

In November 2016, Siskind started keeping a weekly list of not-normal events of the Trump administration, and posting the lists on social media.[9][17] Siskind indicated that she did not intend to merely recite normal political disputes, but to catalogue "things that are uncharacteristic of our democracy".[17] In September 2017, she was named in Politico's 2017 "Politico 50".[17] In March 2018 she compiled the first year of weekly lists and published them as The List: A Week-by-Week Reckoning of Trump's First Year. In June 2018, Siskind started The Weekly List podcast to accompany the lists;[18] writing in Forbes in July 2018, Jo Piazza listed this as one of the "Podcasts Created by Women You Need to Be Listening To Right Now".[19] In July 2017, the United States Library of Congress began archiving her weekly reports.[17] Siskind acknowledged in an interview the following year that a downside of taking such a highly public stance is that "I can tweet things that are inarticulate and be attacked for months and get death threats".[20]

In 2018, Siskind published The List: A Week-by-Week Reckoning of Trump's First Year which was called one of the best books of 2018 by Carlos Lozada of The Washington Post.[21] Her podcast was also recognized by Marie Claire in 2019.[22] Siskind also organized the 2019 We the People March, a national march advertised as an event to remind elected officials that they work for the American people.[23] The march took place on September 21, 2019 in Washington D.C. with others in various cities across the United States.[23]

Personal life

Siskind lives in Westchester County, New York with her two children.[18][7][24] She is openly lesbian.[25]

References

  1. ^ "Obituary of Bernard Siskind". The Marblehead Reporter. December 29, 2012.
  2. ^ "Marblehead native Amy Siskind has turned her online Trump 'List' into a book - Itemlive". April 17, 2018.
  3. ^ "Letter to the Editor: Happy with Tribute". jewishjournal.org.
  4. ^ "Marblehead High School Virtual Yearbook".
  5. ^ "What I Learned from What I Wish I Knew at 22". eship.dyson.cornell.edu.
  6. ^ "To The Contrary Panelists". www.pbs.org. Retrieved July 6, 2018.
  7. ^ a b "About Amy". The Weekly List. Retrieved July 6, 2018.
  8. ^ University, Office of Web Communications, Cornell. "What I Wish I Knew at 22". Cornell. Retrieved July 6, 2018.
  9. ^ a b c Sullivan, Margaret (June 25, 2017). "Perspective: Trump won, and Amy Siskind started a list of changes. Now it's a sensation". Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved April 29, 2018.
  10. ^ Silberstein, Judy (June 8, 2006). "Senator Clinton Reviews Mamaroneck 3rd Grader's Report". Larchmont Gazette.
  11. ^ "It's No Longer Just About Hillary". RealClearPolitics. Retrieved July 6, 2018.
  12. ^ a b "About Us - The New Agenda".
  13. ^ Fine, Melanie (February 7, 2019). "The Incredible Symbolism Of That Sea Of White At The State Of The Union". Forbes.
  14. ^ "2017 Board of Directors and Officers". The New Agenda. Retrieved August 15, 2018.
  15. ^ Sales, Ben (August 16, 2018). "Amy Siskind has been called a face of the anti-Trump resistance. Liberal critics claim she is an impostor". Jewish Telegraphic Agency. Retrieved December 18, 2018.
  16. ^ France, Lisa Respers (October 15, 2017). "#MeToo: Social media flooded with personal stories of assault". CNN.
  17. ^ a b c d "#37 Amy Siskind - POLITICO 50 2017". Politico. Retrieved April 29, 2018.
  18. ^ a b "Mamaroneck's Siskind Continues Documenting The Trump Era". Larchmont-Mamaroneck, NY Patch. July 9, 2018. Retrieved July 28, 2018.
  19. ^ Piazza, Jo (July 18, 2018). "Podcasts Created by Women You Need to Be Listening To Right Now". Forbes. Retrieved August 14, 2018.
  20. ^ Lungariello, Mark (October 1, 2018). "Author Amy Siskind brings her list on Donald Trump to Eastchester". Rockland/Westchester Journal News.
  21. ^ Lozada, Carlos (March 16, 2018). "Review: Think you remember every outrage of the Trump presidency so far? A new book will test you". The Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved April 29, 2018.
  22. ^ Jones, Alexis (May 22, 2019). "The 15 Podcasts by Women That Need to Be on Your Playlist". Marie Claire.
  23. ^ a b Fuller, Bonnie (October 4, 2019). "We the People March Organizer AmySiskind On Why It's Needed: The TrumpRegime Must Be Accountable". Hollywood Life. Retrieved October 4, 2019.
  24. ^ "Amy Siskind -". aroomofherownfoundation.org.
  25. ^ Times, Windy City. "With 'The List,' Amy Siskind documents democracy's downfall". Windy City Times.

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