Writing a book should bring joy to one’s life: #everydayiselectionday has to mine


Dear Readers:

I first visited New Orleans 32 years ago, falling in love with the place on sight. I was entranced by the (Mississippi) river, the music, the art, the people, and the city’s look and spirit. I’ve eagerly returned thirty-plus times in the years since. I hit these streets — every time — just as fiercely happy as the first time.

However, this time is particularly special.That’s because I have the honor of being part of a great New Orleans tradition, one that combines the city’s music, art, people and history in a singular way.That tradition is “Jazz Fest,” the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.

Steve and I have attended 26 years of its 45. Our plan is to keep coming back as long as we can. We feel a part of it. But, this year, I will get to be part of it in a different way: tomorrow, I will be signing Every Day Is Election Day in the Jazz Fest Book Tent.

Great authors telling great stories have been in the Book Tent for many years. Every Day Is Election Day and I now get to share in that history because the book features three amazing Louisiana women: U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu, now running for re-election; Catherine Kimball, first woman chief justice of the Louisiana Supreme Court; and Sharon Broome, State Senator and President Pro Tempore of the state senate.

Happy to have written this book? Yes, absolutely thrilled to share in the lives of women who care, stand and deliver; happy to tell their inspirational stories and impart their advice to other women who would lead; happy to be part of a community that respects committed women leaders everywhere.

Thanks to Jazz Fest, Garden Street Book Shop, Gambit, and dear friend Ben Sandmel for making this New Orleans-time so special.


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.


“Make no little plans”: they sure don’t in Seattle

Dear Reader:

In Every Day Is Election Day, I quote federal judge Ilana Rovner recommending always wearing purple (“the color of royalty”), so they never forget you. Well, I sure feel like royalty right-about-now, and it’s not because I’m wearing purple socks!

It is because I’m off to Seattle later this week for (five!) speeches about the advice and inspirational stories of #everydayiselectionday.

None would have happened without the leadership of Washington’s women leaders: wearing purple or not, royalty all, in-my-book.They were led by my sister-in-law, Cheryl Ellsworth (ably assisted by my niece, Haley Sive), and dear friend Anne Levinson, distinguished former judge and Seattle deputy mayor.

Thanks, everyone, from the bottom of my heart.

For you, reader, and in honor of these royal women, I share “Purple Paradise,” a photo of my garden. (Click here to get my Seattle schedule to share with Washington friends and colleagues.)

Best wishes.


Purple Paradise

Betty Friedan changed the world: we can, too

Dear Readers, Colleagues and Sister Scholars and Activists:

Friday, November 8th, scholars and activists will gather to examine The Feminine Mystique: what its publication meant then, and — most important — what it means now.

Activist-discussants include yours’-truly, along with friends of long-standing Chris Riddiough, Anne Ladky, Joan Hall and moderator, Mary Ann Johnson. Studying women’s history so we repeat the good work is what I’m all about; I know you are, too. So, do join me.

Details on the symposium may be found below.



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