TABOO (topics): that would be sex, money and politics

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Dear Readers:

The YWCA of Metropolitan Chicago will host TABOO on Wednesday, August 20, 2014 at 5:30pm at the Public Hotel in Chicago.

My longtime #GirlPolitics pal Christie Hefner will moderate. The panel will include Dr. Lauren Streicher (author of Love Sex Again), and Maggie Anderson, author of Our Black Year. No doubt, we’ll have fun and be provocative.

If you’re in-town, I hope you will join us. If not, let your friends who are know we’re around, in case they want to join in the fun.

All the best.

Rebecca

Toni Preckwinkle and yours’-truly on women in politics breaking the glass ceiling, Chicago-style

Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at the Institute of Politics of the University of Chicago. To register, click here, visit:.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Dear Friends and Colleagues:

Toni Preckwinkle, President of the Cook County Board of Commissioners, and I will exchange thoughts on women in politics on Tuesday, April 8, 2014, at “Chicago Style,” sponsored by the Institute of Politics of the University of Chicago.

No surprise, I’m sure: there is a chapter about Toni in Every Day Is Election Day: A Woman’s Guide. I’m thinking that, with all the graduations coming up, her inspirational and tough-minded story is the perfect gift for young women with big dreams, not to mention for their mothers, sisters, aunts, partners, girlfriends; well, you get the picture. Click here for info about online buying options. If you prefer, visit your favorite local bookstore. In any event, Every Day Is Election Day and its frank advice will help you get ready for 2014. For, remember: every year is the year of the woman.

Best wishes.

Rebecca

On to California, in part to talk about a woman giving the #SOTU

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Dear Friends and Colleagues:

On #SOTU day, I invite you to join the campaign to engage more California women in running for office. (As California goes, so goes the nation.)

Led by Betsy Cotton and Mary Hughes, co-creator of the 2012 project of the Center for American Women and Politics, @Close the Gap California is the organizer.

I’m delighted to tell you I will join the campaign, speaking about the need for more women in politics and my guide for getting there:  #everydayiselectionday. I will be in the Bay Area, Los Angeles and San Diego. I hope you will encourage friends and colleagues there to join in, too.

Here is a recent review of #everydayiselectionday, from Jewish Women International (formerly B’nai Brith Women), which mentions some of the amazing women who could give the #SOTU, no doubt.

Best wishes.

Rebecca

It’s (near) Jersey-Shore Time for #everydayiselectionday

Dear Readers:

Growing-up in New York-just-over-the-border-from-New-Jersey, people talked longingly about “going to the shore.” That would be the Jersey Shore.

Along that way, one passes New Brunswick, the state’s capitol, and most important to #girlpolitics, the home of the Center for American Women and Politics, part of the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers University.

Founded by the gifted Ruth Mandel, director of Eagleton, now led by Debbie Walsh, the center is the center of the women and politics universe. Beautifully, it researches, educates, trains and mobilizes women for public leadership, including recommending Every Day Is Election Day for the nightstand and book shelf of every woman and girl who seeks political power and influence.

Says Debbie: Every Day Is Election Day is a fabulous resource for any woman considering a run for office or anyone committed to advancing women’s leadership and political participation.” 

Debbie and I won’t have time to go to the shore Monday, but we will join Caroline Casagrande, who represents New Jersey near-the-shore and is featured in Every Day Is Election Day, at the Barnes & Noble in North Brunswick, to talk women’s leadership and political participation.

Thanks to Dennis Wurst of national Barnes & Noble for wonderful book-tour support, and a shout-out to Miriam Libove, indefatigable B&N North Brunswick community relations manager.

A story Miriam placed: “Activist, author urges women to lean in to politics,” offers-up a preview of the discussion we’ll have.

Best wishes.

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