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May 17, 2018

KGNU's Claudia Cragg (@KGNUClaudia) speaks here for #ItsTheEconomy with Rickey Gard Diamond (@RickeyGDiamondwhose new book is 'Screwnomics'. 

In Screwnomics, she shares personal stories, cartoons, and easy-to-understand economic definitions in her quest to explain the unspoken assumptions of 300 years of what she calls "EconoMansplaining"—the economic theory that women should always work for less, or better for free. It unpacks economic definitions, turns a men-only history on its head, and highlights female experiences and solutions. encouraging female readers to think about their own economic memoir and confront our system’s hyper-masculine identity.

In the past fifty years, Gard Diamond argues, the US has witnessed a major shift in economic theory, and yet few women can identify or talk about its influence in their own lives. Accessible and inspiring, Screwnomics offers female readers hope for a better, more inclusive future—and the tools to make that hope a reality.

Gard Diamond helped found Vermont Woman (@VTWomanNews) in 1985 and remain one of her contributing editors today. It is there that I wrote a series of six articles called An Economy of Our Own, which in 2012 won a National Newspaper Award for in-depth investigative reporting. 

In 2008, Gard Diamond presented at the Summit on Economic Justice sponsored by NOW, The Women’s Institute on Policy Research and The Council of American Negro Women. Just months later, U.S. Treasury Secretary Hank Paulsen was demanding that taxpayers bail out the banks thought “too big to fail.” Those banks are now bigger than ever, as big as the gap between the super-rich and most of us.