I speak, write, and teach about strategies for women to gain public influence and political power. My work is based on my experience as a women’s advocate (see more here), public official, and civic leader. 

With friend, and presidential candidate, US Senator Amy Klobuchar.

Rebecca Speaks on Fox 32


Rebecca Sive is a seasoned political analyst, women’s leadership strategist, and advocate for women’s equality and opportunity. She is the author of VOTE HER IN: Your Guide to Electing Our First Woman President and EVERY DAY IS ELECTION DAY: A Woman’s Guide to Winning Any Office, from the PTA to the White House. Her career has spanned executive positions in government, philanthropy, academia, business, and the not-for-profit sector. She founded the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy women’s public leadership initiative, whose faculty included former White House advisor, Valerie Jarrett; Julia Stasch, immediate past president of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation; and Sian Beilock, President of Barnard College.

Rebecca was a founding commissioner of the Illinois Human Rights Commission, which adjudicates matters of discrimination; served as advisor to Chicago’s first African-American mayor, Harold Washington; founded one of the nation’s first women’s centers; and was among the national leaders who developed women’s issues agendas for presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama.

She is listed in the biographical dictionary, Feminists Who Changed America; has received distinguished achievement awards from the Illinois General Assembly; and her alma maters, Carleton College and the University of Illinois, among others. Her articles and op-eds have appeared in The Huffington Post, Crain’s Chicago Business, The Hill, and MSNBC.

Rebecca has spoken at colleges and universities, corporations, national nonprofits and associations. She speaks about strategies for women to gain power and influence in the public square, including as elected and appointed officials; why electing a woman POTUS asap is critical to our nation’s healthy future and the movement of women into executive leadership everywhere; and how women across generations, experiences, and backgrounds can − together − advance equality for everywoman.

Now Kamala Harris Chief-of-Staff, author, and past MSNBC commentator Karine Jean-Pierre and I at a book talk for the Union League of Chicago where I interviewed her.

Below are three favorite images from the book tour for Every Day Is Election Day: A Woman’s Guide to Winning Any Office, from the PTA to the White House.