- Pantsuit Nation is being turned into a book.
- But somehow, not all members are happy about it.
- Will the divisiveness end the inspiring page that gives voices to women?
Pantsuit Nation is a Facebook Page created for the sole purpose of supporting Hillary Clinton. It is considered a safe space where women from all fields could share inspiring real-life stories.
Pantsuit Nation Had Fair Share of Criticism
The invite-only group started before the 2016 elections. Even though the elections did not swing Hillary’s way, the group continues to exist. It has gathered over 4 million members now.
It was originally created by Libby Chamberlain, who lives in Maine. Hillary Clinton herself is aware of the group’s existence because she posted a message there shortly before Election Day.
“For some of you, it’s been difficult to feel like you could wear your support on your sleeve,” she wrote. “And that’s why this community has been such a special place.”
But what Hillary calls “special place” has been attacked many times, with newspapers calling it shallow and narcissistic.
The Daily Beast has been the worst criticizer of the page, calling it “a space for white people to pat each other on the head for acting in a manner most woke.”
Pantsuit Nation was slapped with such harsh description because while most of the posts are uplifting and encouraging, there are those that are reportedly cringe-worthy and self-boasting.
“For every inspiring story of a girl who faced down bullies at school, there’s a self-congratulatory post by a white person who, let’s say, helped their neighbors, who are Muslims, shovel their driveway,” noted The Daily Beast.
However, despite these attacks, the Pantsuit Nation remained united, whether it was in pre-election hopefulness or post-elections frustrations.
Pantsuit Nation Divided Over Book Deal
That is, until most recently, when a major update divided the group into two opposing sides.
The founder of the group, Libby Chamberlain, announced that the page will be developed into a book. The book deal will “further their mission,” wrote Chamberlain, by bringing to life the stories shared on the page.
While the update saw a shower of “loves” and “likes,” it was also fortunate that Facebook does not have a “dislike” option.
“It’s capitalizing on other people’s lives and stories for personal gain and acclaim,” one member wrote. Another simply warned Chamberlain that she will sue her if she tried using her copyrighted stories.
Chamberlain was also advised to forward royalties from book sales to women’s causes.
Heidi Stevens, who is a member of the group herself, wrote in Chicago Tribune that even though Pantsuit Nation has been documented on the papers as a non-profit organization, Chamberlain has not mentioned anything about giving away proceeds from the sales to women’s charity.
However, Chamberlain has mentioned that only those stories “with explicit permission from the author” will be shared in the book.
Is this divide the end of the road for Pantsuit Nation?
I read stories in #pantsuitnation and cathartically cry – the compassion, courage, and determination is keeping my faith in humanity alive.
— Ally (@ImCandyeyed) December 11, 2016
— Pantsuit Nation (@pantsuitnation) December 11, 2016
To accomplish something, you must do more than talk. Women didn't change the world by telling stories to each other. #pantsuitnation
— Diane Palme (@blopeep) December 21, 2016