Pantsuit Nation, the pro-Hillary Clinton Facebook group, gets book deal

Pantsuit Nation, the not-so-secret-anymore Facebook group for Hillary Clinton supporters, is making its way offline, too — it’s becoming a book.

The Facebook group was started before the election for Hillary Clinton supporters by Libby Chamberlain from Maine, who told Pantsuit Nation members this week that the book, which will be published next year, is “by you.”

“There are many ways to share stories, and we’ve seen how powerful they can be when simply scrolled through on a Facebook feed,” Chamberlain said in her post this week. “But I also know that many of us, dare I say most of us, have had moments of profound inspiration and connection while holding a book in our hands.”

The posts on the group’s page on Election Day on Nov. 8 included a lot of photos of women wearing pantsuits, Clinton’s signature outfit. Since then, the group — which requires existing members to add new members — has become a place for therapy, calls to action and more after Clinton lost the presidential election to Donald Trump.

My colleague Martha Ross wrote the day after the election that “Pantsuit Nation women across the country wrote of allowing themselves time to mourn, rest and then continue the fight for societal and political change.”

Clinton gave a shout out to the group during her concession speech, thanking those “who knocked on doors, talked to neighbors, posted on Facebook — even in secret, private Facebook sites.”

The New York Times notes that the group gained 2.5 million members in less than three weeks after it was created in late October, and as of this post has more than 3.9 million members — not all of them women.

The Pantsuit Nation story is just one of many that’s related to how social media has become instrumental to politics, and especially the 2016 U.S. presidential election. The Facebook group is thinking beyond the book, too. Chamberlain said Monday that she was filing paperwork to establish Pantsuit Nation as a nonprofit to support advocacy, education and political action.

For more information, Chamberlain’s announcement is available publicly on the Pantsuit Nation blog.


Photo: Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton listens during a conversation with community leaders at the Good Day Cafe in Vallejo, California, on June 5, 2016. (Anda Chu/Bay Area News Group)


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