Dana Goldstein

Dana Goldstein, a former associate editor and writer at the Prospect, comes from a family of public school educators. She received the Spencer Fellowship in Education Journalism, a Schwarz Fellowship at the New America Foundation, and a Puffin Foundation Writing Fellowship at the Nation Institute. Her journalism is regularly featured in SlateThe AtlanticThe NationThe Daily Beast, and other publications, and she is a staff writer at the Marshall Project. 

Recent Articles


"YOU CAN BA-ROCK ME TONIGHT". Hillary leads Obama by 6 points among young women voters. But can she compete against Obama's dreaminess? Check out the newest volley in the election 2008 Internet video wars, "I Got a Crush...On Obama." Opening lines: "You seemed to float onto the floor, Democratic convention 2004. I never wanted anybody more than I want you. So I put down my Kerry sign, knew I had to make you mine. Barack, you're so sexy, you're so fine." (Warning: certain frames of this video are barely safe for work.) --Dana Goldstein

Hillary and the Chick Factor

The Clinton campaign woos young women voters at an event in D.C. -- and illustrates the significance of the gender gap in the Democratic field.

Democratic Presidential hopeful Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks on stage during a campaign rally in downtown Washington launching 'Club 44,' an effort to reach out to young women. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez)
The awkward moments just kept coming at a Hillary Clinton fundraiser in Washington Wednesday targeting young women voters. "Did you watch the debate?" Ellen Malcolm of EMILY's List asked the thousand-person crowd. "There is a stage full of all these white men in their power suits and ties, and standing in the middle is the power of Hillary Clinton!" White men? Oops! As much as the Clinton campaign would like to ignore the senator from Illinois and his own claim as a historical first, the competing demands of identity politics were very much on the minds of young voters who came out to see Clinton in downtown Washington, many of whom described themselves as torn between the gravitas of Clinton's health care and diplomatic experience and the excitement surrounding the Barack Obama campaign. The Washington Post 's Dana Milbank filed a snark-filled report on the event, but his takedown of the musical acts (yes, they were cheesy) and baby boomer politicos trying to party with 20-somethings...


THE CHARISMA FACTOR. A little late, but I can't help weighing in on last night's debate. One of the biggest surprises of this primary thus far has got to be who's engaging and who's a disappointment on the stump. Although there's tremendous energy when Obama enters a room (I've seen him speak in person three times), he's consistently underwhelming as an orator. And Edwards is failing to live up to the optimistic, progressive morning-in-America persona he honed in 2004. His choice to come out swinging on the Iraq supplemental when he actually agreed with Obama and Clinton 's votes appeared quibbling and amateurish, and for me, at least, was uncomfortable to watch. Hillary struck me as relaxed and above the fray; she turned in a fine performance. Biden I couldn't look away from, but I also can't say I found his habit of yelling at the top of his lungs to make a point very endearing. About half way through, I decided Bill Richardson should just disappear, mostly because of the intense...


THANK GOD FOR DIVIDED GOVERNMENT. As Scott noted yesterday , the Supreme Court's 5-4 decision on pay discrimination is disastrous. Employees must file complaints within 180 days of a salary being set, which is simply outside the bounds of common sense. We all know how much secrecy surrounds pay, even in otherwise congenial workplaces. But the Court has decreed that even when there is a pattern of lower raises for women or minority groups that develops over months or years, an individual employee has no legal recourse after 180 days. The plaintiff in the suit, Lilly Ledbetter , worked for a Goodyear tire plant in Alabama, where she was the only woman out of 17 managers at her level. Although Ledbetter's starting salary was equal to that of her male colleagues, she was given smaller raises and eventually made less than even the lowest-paid man at her level, who started after her. In a characteristically withering dissent, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg invited Congress to overturn the...


WHO DESERVES TO LEARN? Last week we heard about high school students coloring in class. Today The New York Times reports on New York City's decision to close its four "P-schools," second-rate high schools opened in the 1960s with the intention of hiding pregnant teenagers from the eyes of their peers: The decision to close the schools came after a six-month study commissioned by the Education Department essentially concluded that the girls, eager to earn high school diplomas despite their pregnancies, had been relegated to a second-class tier of schools that treat them more like mothers-to-be than curious students. The schools offer young women classes in quilt-making and breast-feeding, not in addition to academics, but instead of them. Cutting shapes for the quilt patterns is akin to lessons in "geometry," one principal told the Times . Less than half of the "p-school" students return to regular high school after the birth of their babies; the infants aren't eligible for in-school...