Author Rebecca Sive is joined by Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky for a discussion about Ms. Sive's new book, Vote Her In: Your Guide to Electing Our First Woman President. This event is free an open to the public.
Women are wildly underrepresented at every level of the US government: federal, state, and local. Research has shown that women in executive government positions are far more likely than men to commit to policies that benefit women, girls, and other marginalized groups, so after centuries of underrepresentation, it's clear: our best bet for creating a system that is more fair, balanced, and just for everyone is electing our first Madam President--as soon as we can.
Vote Her In is organized around the inspirational messages seen on protest signs carried at the record-breaking 2017 Chicago Women's March. Part One outlines the case for why we need to mobilize now, and Part Two provides a clear strategy for how to do it. Each chapter in Part Two includes an action plan that women can complete to help each other (or themselves) attain political power and work toward electing our first woman president.
Author Rebecca Sive draws on her decades of political experience to create this crucial book, which empowers every American man, woman, and child who cares about our nation's democratic future to harness their collective power in the run-up to 2020 and, at last, form a more perfect union.
Rebecca Sive’s career has spanned executive positions−in government, philanthropy, academia, business, and the not-for-profit sector−where she has earned a reputation as a savvy and expert media commentator, political strategist, writer, speaker, and professor, focused always on the matter of women’s political and public leadership. Her widely-praised, most recent book, Vote Her In: Your Guide to Electing Our First Woman President, makes the case for breaking down the last barrier to American women and girls fully realizing their dreams of executive leadership: electing a woman to the presidency. Sive contends that this victory will change everything by putting a new face on the most powerful person in the world.
At the University of Chicago, Harris School of Public Policy, Sive was the founding program and academic director of its executive education program, Women in Public Leadership, and taught graduate-level courses in women and politics. At the start of their respective inaugural terms, Sive was among those who developed women’s issues agendas for presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama. Sive was appointed by Illinois Governor James R. Thompson to the Illinois Human Rights Commission, and by Chicago Mayor Harold Washington to the Chicago Park District Board of Commissioners. Sive is listed in the biographical dictionary, Feminists Who Changed America (University of Illinois Press, 2006), and is the author of Every Day Is Election Day: A Woman’s Guide to Winning Any Office, from the PTA to the White House (2013); according to Publisher’s Weekly, “a clear and persuasive, frank and practical” handbook for aspiring women-electeds.
Janice Danoff Schakowsky has been the U.S. Representative for Illinois's 9th congressional district since 1999. The district is anchored in Chicago's North Side, including much of the area bordering Lake Michigan. It also includes many of Chicago's northern suburbs, including Arlington Heights, Des Plaines, Evanston, Glenview, Mount Prospect, Niles, Park Ridge, Rosemont, Skokie, Wilmette, and Winnetka.
Yes. She. Can. Vote Her In addresses the unrealized dream of millions of American women: electing our first woman president. It makes the case for the urgency of women attaining equal executive power at all levels, including the presidency, and offers a comprehensive strategy for every woman to be a part of this campaign--the most important of our lifetimes.