TIME recently ran the headline: “Women Are the Only Adults Left in Washington.” The New York Times noted in its recent reporting on the government shutdown and looming fiscal cliff that: “[i]n a Senate still dominated by men, women on both sides of the partisan divide proved to be the driving forces that shaped a negotiated settlement.” Every day, it becomes increasingly clear that, as Rebecca Sive states in her book, “We are in the midst of the greatest leap forward for women’s political leadership since the Nineteenth Amendment granted American women the right to vote in 1920.”
Sive, author of Every Day Is Election Day, speaks directly to the very real concerns women face every day and compiles stories from high-profile –as well as lesser-known — women who have led, run and won.
Taking the stage at Town Hall on November 20, Sive will discuss her research and share true-life stories in her no-nonsense woman-to-woman style. Following her talk, Sive will take questions from the audience and share her tips for creating an inimitable brand, bankrolling oneself, making local victories national, and, most importantly, how to run for office and win.
Drawing on interviews she conducted with visionary American leaders, including Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America; Melanne Verveer, first US ambassador at-large for global women’s Issues; Debbie Stabenow, third-term US senator from Michigan; Ilana D. Rovner, first woman judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit; and Deana Archuleta, former senior advisor to President Obama’s former secretary of the interior, Sive illustrates in her book and talk how today’s women can surmount public barriers, conquer private fears, and run a winning campaign of any kind with joy, humor and confidence.
A key stop on her national book tour, Seattle and Washington State boast some of the most dynamic and influential elected and appointed women government leaders, in all branches of government. Here at Town Hall Seattle, Sive’s lecture will be co-hosted by many of them, as well as leading institutional colleagues.
Town Hall co-hosts for Sive’s book-signing are: Hon. Lisa Brown, Hon. Sally Clark, Hon. Jan Drago, Hon. Laurie Jinkins, Cathy Allen, Rachel Berkson, Liz Berry, Karen Cooper, Karen Deal, Pamela Eakes, Cheryl Ellsworth, Hon. Karen Keiser, Hon. Jeanne Kohl-Welles, Hon. Kristine Lytton, Kristen Rowe-Finkbeiner, Noel Frame, Lauren Hamilton, Alison Holcomb, Pramila Jayapal, Mũthoni Wambu Kraal, Dana Laurent, Hon. Christine Rolfes, Hon. Tana Senn, Hon. Marilyn Strickland, Marsha Tadano Long, Lisa Macfarlane, Lisa MacLean, Linda Mitchell, Lisa Stone, Kellye Testy, Liz Vivian, Evelyn Yenson, and the Hon. Anne Levinson.
According to Levinson, a former judge and Seattle deputy mayor: “It’s a sad irony that when our country helps fledgling governments outline their democracies and develop their constitutions, we emphasize the importance of female inclusion in government, and, yet, we as a nation have less female representation in government than most of the planet.”
Continuing, Levinson noted: “Now more than ever, we need to inspire and support the next generation of women to become political and community leaders, to be influential voices on public policy, and to change the way our institutions are governed.”
Tickets: $5 and available at townhallseattle.org, or via Stranger Tickets at (888)377-4510.
Presented by: Town Hall as part of the Civics series, with Elliott Bay Book Company.
Learn more: about Rebecca Sive.
Series supported by: The Boeing Company, the RealNetworks Foundation, and the True-Brown Foundation.
Series media sponsorship provided by: The Stranger and KUOW.
Town Hall member benefits: Priority seating, discounted onsite book sales.
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