Reading and Signing: Fed Up with Gemma Hartley

We are excited to welcome Gemma Hartley, author of Fed Up: Emotional Labor, Women, and the Way Forward, for a reading and signing on Thursday, November 29th at 6:30pm.  

Arrange play dates, call in-laws, choose gifts, send reminder, delegate chores, care for sick parents, plan office party, manage calendar, speak softly, explain patiently…

Invisible. Unpaid. Exhausting. FED UP.

Viewed two billion times since publication last Fall, Gemma Hartley’s article “Women Aren't Nags—We're Just Fed Up” set off a national conversation about ‘emotional labor’—the invisible, unpaid, thankless work women have always done (and which most men still don't understand)—work that leaves them overtaxed, exhausted and simply fed up.

Weaving together history, sociology, psychology and compelling personal narratives, Gemma Hartley’s FED UP: Emotional Labor, Women, and the Way Forward makes the invisible visible by revealing the many ways emotional labor shows up at work, at home, in relationships, and in parenting.  Expanding greatly on her original article, Hartley shows us how carrying the daily load of anticipation and management of the needs, expectations, and desires of others leaves women at a disadvantage in every aspect of their lives. Bringing long overdue awareness to the daunting reality of emotional labor in our lives, Hartley defines the demanding, time-consuming, and exhausting “worry work” that falls disproportionately and unfairly on all women—no matter their economic class or level of education. 

Beyond naming the problem, Fed Up offers a way forward including practical advice and solutions for men and women. Hartley helps us to see emotional labor not as a problem to be overcome, but as a genderless virtue we can all learn to channel in our quest to make a better, more egalitarian world for ourselves and most importantly, our children. Insightful, surprising, deeply relatable, and filled with all too familiar moments, this provocative, intelligent, and empathetic guide is essential reading for every woman who has had enough with feeling fed up.

Gemma Hartley is a journalist and writer whose work has appeared in Glamour, Women’s Health, Cosmopolitan, Redbook, Good Housekeeping, Harper’s Bazaar, Huffington Post, and the Washington Post, among other outlets. She lives in Nevada with her husband and three children.


Event date: 
Thursday, November 29, 2018 - 6:30pm
Event address: 
121 California Avenue
Reno, NV 89509
Fed Up: Emotional Labor, Women, and the Way Forward Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062855985
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: HarperOne - November 13th, 2018