Media Coverage
Changing the narrative is never enough. But positive coverage helps.

Now It’s North Carolina Teachers’ Turn: How Did We Get Here? What's Next?

“Jane McAlevey is an organizer and labor scholar who pretty much predicted what’s going on right now. She published a book in 2016, No Shortcuts, arguing that in reaction to decades of tax cuts and budget cuts, ‘education and healthcare workers will create a woman-led new labor union movement.’” Read and listen to the full piece on NPR here » Read More

Smart New Review of No Shortcuts in April Real Change News

“For McAlevey, politics is not about getting the right frame to convince conservative voters; it’s not about mobilizing activists or liberals to lobby Congress or to fund issue groups; it’s not even, primarily, about holding huge marches of the already convinced. It’s about exercising power. The right is powerful because it’s advancing the agenda and funded by the rich, the ultra-rich and corporations. Read More

Harper’s Magazine Review of No Shortcuts

I couldn’t have ever imagined my name and Ivanka Trump’s name in the same sentence, let alone book review. But author Dayna Tortorici does an amazing job using the arguments in my book to help decimate the fake feminism of Silicon Valley’s Sheryl Sandberg and Ivanka Trump. Not well understood in the daily coverage of “women’s issues,” and the “women’s movement” is the simple fact that the largest, most powerful organization of women in the USA remains the labor movement. Read More

Tips from history in an age of Trump, protests

Katherine Whittemore, a Boston Globe correspondent, recommends No Shortcuts as follow up to the national Women’s March. Speaking of which, let’s turn to “No Shortcuts: Organizing for Power in the New Gilded Age” (Oxford 2016). “I read it on a weekend so was extra struck by how we blithely say TGIF, forgetting that the labor movement fought decades for the concept of the weekend, as author Janet McAlevey reminds. Read More

Nation Magazine Review’s No Shortcuts, March 8, 2017

As an author, I appreciate anytime someone makes the time to review my book. But this review, by Rich Yeselson, seems seriously gender biased. I think that means sexist. While Yeselson does in fact suggest people buy and read my book, which is great (thanks Rich), and he doesn’t actually say that about the two other books, he seems to suggest that women don’t have big ideas, and, he fails to mention any of my actual work accomplishments. Read More